Society to host speaker on comets


The next China Lake Astro-nomical Society meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave. Ted Hodgkinson will give a presentation on comets over the last 40 years.

The second star party of the year will be on April 12. Signs will be out at 8 p.m. with viewing at 8:30 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 early evening sky but will be out for only a few hours before it sets. Look for it in the southwest after sunset.

3. Saturn reaches opposition on April 28, so it will be placed for viewing all night. Look for it in the southeast, as soon as the sky is dark.

4. Mars remains behind the sun and will not be visible this month.

5. Mercury is also too close to the sun for easy viewing this month but may be visible with binoculars in the predawn eastern sky.

6. The Lyrid Meteor shower peaks on the morning of April 22. Look for a few meteors in the east before dawn.

7. Comet PANSTARRS will be visible throughout April. Look for it low in the northwest after sunset.

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Story First Published: 2013-03-27