Cool Star Lab Brings the Stars to Logan Heights Library

On March 17th, San Diegans county-wide got a chance to look up at the stars with the help of astronomers from many of our colleges and astronomy clubs.  Organized by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and part of the annual San Diego Science Festival, Astronomy Night was a chance to bring the Universe down to Earth.

Adam Burgasser was one of the guides, setting up at the Logan Heights Public Library just east of downtown around 7pm.  Using the CASS Celestron 10″ teaching telescope, kids, parents and community members had the opportunity (in many cases, for the first time) to see the bands and moons of Jupiter, “baby stars” in Orion, and the sister stars in the Pleiades.  While skies were pretty obscured by city lights, the telescope and several Galileoscopes provided a chance to pierce the glow and view our starry heavens.

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Fleet staff Eileen Best and Adam Burgasser at the end of Astronomy Night (photo by Desiree Nash).