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Saturday, July 27, 2002


LA Astronomical Society

If you have any interest in astronomy, you would be well advised to check out the LA Astronomical Society. They have a host of regular and special events throughout the year, even gaining access to the 60-inch telescope on Mount Wilson. Full information is available on their site.

The LAAS also hosts several public star parties each year. Even though Griffith Park Observatory is closed for remodeling, they will be hosting a party there on August 17.

From the site...

Membership in the Los Angeles Astronomical Society is not restricted. You don't need to have a telescope to get in. In fact, it's better that you join first, so you can find out what kind of telescope you really need, depending on what you want to do. There are no requirements for membership other than paying your dues. If you want to join right away, just read the dues required below, and send them to the mailing address at the bottom of the page. If you are not sure about joining, I suggest you drop by the Garvey Ranch Observatory, in Monterey Park, on any Wednesday night (we are there even in non-astronomical weather), or come and visit one of our regular membership meetings, on the 2nd Monday of the month, at Griffith Observatory (Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, & Dec - no regular meeting for Jan, Jul or Aug), or drop by one of our public star parties. Meet the astronomers, look around, talk up a storm, ask questions, be nosy, and find out who and what we really are. If you decide to join, you can in any case do so right there, or mail in your dues, as you wish.

We encourage our members to be as active as they can in the many different activities we offer. You can be a Garvey Ranch Regular, you can make the dark sky star parties your second home, you can show off your knowledge and/or enthusiasm at the public star parties at Griffith Observatory, you can volunteer to speak at the membership meetings, you can make telescopes, or anything else that catches your astronomical fancy. whatever it is about astronomy that interests you, we either already have other members doing it, or you can start the ball rolling yourself.


Saturday, August 17, weather permitting

At Griffith Observatory.

Latitude = 34° 06' 46.8" N.

Longitude = 118° 18' 5.5" W.

Elevation = 1134 feet.

Griffith Observatory is now closed to the public for the beginning of renovation. The grounds remain open for a limited time. Grounds will close to the public at 10:00 PM PDT.

Sunset 7:38 PM PDT

End civil twilight 8:05 PM PDT

Moon Transit 9:05 PM PDT

Moonset 2:03 AM PDT on August 18

Moon waxing gibbous 75% illuminated; 1st Quarter Moon on August 15 at 3:12 AM PDT


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