1,350 Feet Underground | Mine Mania #1 - So. Many. Mines. I must admit to not really understanding what I was getting myself into when I started looking into a trip to the Dale Mining District, ju...
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Trail write-ups for my dayhiking since 2010. Most of these were near my home in the San Gabriel Valley. However, I spent Fall 2011 living in Murray, Kentucky, so there's a large collection of hikes from Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (KY and TN), and the drive between LA and KY. I also hike a lot in southern Nevada and southern Utah. Each hike used to be organized by year, but I ran out of pages. I should reorganize, but haven't, yet.
Link to the park is here: General info page for Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area.ReplyDelete
The park page does not have an active calendar, but our astronomy event is, in fact, scheduled. Unfortunately, there's a $10 charge to enter the park.
Obviously, rain or clouds cancel the event.
Clear Sky Chart is looking somewhat marginal for this evening. But I'll be there early, for sure (say, around 3:30pm) for solar viewing. The moon should shine through thin clouds. Jupiter, too. Other stuff are less likely, especially if the high clouds move in as expected, later in the evening.ReplyDelete
Hey, that looks like fun! That's something I could come to (I usually don't pay to enter...walk or bike in).ReplyDelete
BTW, what is that bright planet in the SW sky in early evening right now? It greets me on my evening commute while waiting for the bus.
The few times I've been here before, I was also on a bike. Haven't done any serious riding since my road bike was stolen a LONG time ago, however. Stupid criminals.ReplyDelete
By now, Venus has actually passed between us and the sun and is no longer visible in the evening. But for the late summer and all of fall (and a few weeks in winter), it had been the amazingly bright object in the west, then southwest.
Now, the brightest thing in the sky you'll see (besides the moon) is Jupiter, which now rises in the east-northeast a little before sunset (so you'll see it shortly after sunset). Not quite as bright as Venus, but pretty dramatic, nonetheless.
Weather-permitting, I probably won't be doing any sidewalk astronomy again until February 8. I usually set up with my friends in the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers on the corner of Myrtle and Lime, in Old Town Monrovia, on the Saturday nearest the first quarter moon.
About a month after that, I'll have a Friday night (March 7) event with a private school in Hacienda Heights, then back on the sidewalk in Monrovia on March 8.
I always have the option of setting up with the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and L.A. Sidewalk Astronomers at Griffith Park, but the and the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, being motivated by the same goal, almost always set up on the same date, and I always figure there are plenty of other telescopes at Griffith Park on those days, anyways.
I get the feeling more parks are trying to schedule telescope nights. We usually do a few nights in the summer at Pamela Park in unincorporated Duarte, and we've also done Encanto Park once or twice. Really, if almost any nearby park asked, I'd drag my telescope out there on some night I'm not working.