Star Party held tonight

Star Gazing

Star Party held tonightBy ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. Ralph Paonessa will present a program on “Astrophotography: Art and Science,” highlighted by some of his own astronomy photographs. Don’t miss it!

A special star party will be held this evening, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The first regular star party of the year will be held March 27.

Signs will be out at 7 p.m., with viewing at 7:30 p.m.


1. Venus will shine brightly in the west for the first three hours of the evening this month. Note: On March 9 Venus will pass just two degrees north of Uranus.

2. Mercury moves to the morning sky where it will be visible in the east the last half of the month.

3. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are all in the southeastern morning sky. On March 26, there will be a conjunction of the three planets with Mars appearing between the other two.

4. The Vernal equinox occurs on March 19.

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Story First Published: 2020-02-28