In an age of growing metropolitan areas and their consequential light pollution, our public lands are the last strongholds for night sky preservation. Mount San Jacinto State Park, high above the Coachella Valley, still serves as one of these night skies havens. Join Park Interpreter Ali Barnes at 8,500 feet to explore the night sky beyond the light pollution of Southern California. As we eagerly wait for the sun to set, learn more about the Cassini Spacecraft Mission to Saturn at her 30-minute presentation at the Mountain Tram Station. Telescope viewing of Saturn, Jupiter, the Ring Nebula, the Hercules Cluster, and beyond will follow the presentation.



Date: Saturday, July14, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last tram down 10:30 p.m.) Please arrive at the tramway by 7 p.m. to assure on-time class arrival of 8:00 p.m.
We suggest you consider arriving early for a hike and dinner on the mountain.
Meeting Place: Nichols Room to the left of the ground floor terrace of the mountain station. Down two levels from the 2nd-floor tram terminal.
Instructor: Allison Barnes, B.S. Geology, Astronomy, State Park Interpreter
Skywatch location: 3rd floor terrace of the mountain station. Up from the 2nd floor tram terminal.
Preparation:  Warm jacket and optional gloves.

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NHA members with membership card receive a 20% ticket discount on tram fare and 10% on food.

Booking:  A reservation is required.  Only one booking is permitted at a time. For more than one, simply fill out the form again with the information for each additional enrollee and submit. Overbookings will be waitlisted and if space becomes available enrollee will be notified in order of priority.

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