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This Saturday night, July 26, astronomers will be setting up telescopes at Big Bend, to provide free views of the heavens.
Stargazing enthusiasts will meet at the Loch Leven Trailhead. The trail head is located 30 miles east of Colfax on I-80 .
Astronomers will be setting up just before dark and all the stargazing will be be held from 9:00 until 10:30pm. These 90-minute sky tours take you through about 25 sky wonders using telescopes owned and operated by other volunteer armature astronomers. The public will be able to view planets like Mars and Saturn, bright stars, double stars, star clusters, and galaxies.
In case of poor weather the session will be canceled. Participants should bring plenty of warm clothes; even in the summer it gets cold at 5,800 feet elevation. This is a family friendly event and the stargazing is free.
To get there take Interstate 80 towards Reno to the Big Bend exit, and turn left.
You can find information about all of the astronomy activities, and the 2014 schedule of future astronomy events, at www.thecomethunter.com
Don Machholz, leads the Star Parties each month. His passion for stargazing started 33 years ago when he began to search for comets. So far Machholz has discovered 11 comets and plans on searching for new comets as long as he can. Machholz teaches a six-week, non-credited class at Sierra College in Grass Valley, California called “Exploring the Night Sky.”
Don Machholz can be reached at (530) 320-8204.