Society to discuss star clusters


Society to discuss star clustersThe China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting March 4 at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

Bruce Churchill will give a presentation on the galaxy clusters in Virgo.

The first star party of the year will be on March 15. Signs will be out at 7:30 p.m., with viewing at 8 p.m.

Celestial Calendar

1. Venus is behind the sun and won’t be seen again until it reappears in the evening sky in May.

2. Jupiter will remain a fine viewing object in the evening sky until it sets. Look for it high in the southwest after sunset.

3. Saturn remains in the morning sky where it rises about 10 p.m. at the start of the month and about 8 p.m. at the end of the month. Look for it in the southeast after it rises.

4. Mars moves close to the sun for easy viewing this month.

5. Mercury is also too close to the sun for easy viewing this month.

6. The Zodiacal Light will be visible the first two weeks of March. Look for a cone of light in the west as soon as twilight is over.

7. The big event for March will be comet PanSTARRS. Look for it after March 10, very low in the west slowly moving to the northwest by the end of the month.

For more information about the China Lake Astronomical Society, call 760-375-1181 or 760-677-1143 or visit

Story First Published: 2013-02-27