Star party, views of the planets

Star Gazing


The China Lake Astrological Society will present its monthly astronomy-related program Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum.

This month’s star party will be held Friday, Sept. 7. In place of our regular star party, we will help with the annual Cerro Coso Community College astronomy party, starting at 5:30 p.m.

2018 handbooks are still available.


1. Jupiter can be seen in the southwest as soon as it gets dark

2. Venus appears low in the west about 30 minutes after sunset and before it sets soon after.

3. Saturn appears in Sagittarius to the south as the sun sets. It will be visible most of the night as it passes through the southern sky then until it sets in the southwest.

4. Mercury remains in the morning sky. Look for it low in the northeast the first 11 days of the month.

5. Mars is in the southeast as the evening sky darkens and moves through the southern sky through the night.

For more information, contact the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2018-08-31