The San Jose Astronomical Association conducts evening
observing sessions (commonly called "star parties") for schools in mid-Santa
Clara County, generally from Sunnyvale to Fremont to Morgan Hill.
Outside of that area, we suggest:
- north of Fremont: Eastbay Astronomical Society;
- south of Morgan Hill: the Mira Observers Group;
- north of Sunnyvale: Peninsula Astronomical Society;
- north of Palo Alto: San Mateo County Astronomical Society;
- nearer San Francisco: San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.
AANC (Astronomical Association of Northern California) maintains
an extensive list of clubs on their
Northern California Astronomy Resource Guide, including contact
information for the above clubs and many over the northern part of California.
The co-ordinator for SJAA is Jim
A step-by-step procedure for setting up a star party:
About SJAA schoolyard star parties
School star parties are not open to the public.
Though school grounds are open during these star parties, it
is the school, not SJAA, that is the host. Therefore, information
on these pages is not an invitation for non-students to come
to the school, even though it is unlikely that anyone would
Annual Yosemite N.P. public star party
SJAA participates in the star party program in Yosemite National
Park. The observing is conducted atop Glacier Point on Friday
and Saturday evenings during July and August, with a different
astronomy club each weekend.
The events are open to anyone; simply come to the Park. Those
who are bringing a telescope for the public to use should read
the web page (top left link) and contact me.
Pictures are needed that were taken at schools. Click
image to see a larger version.
Gordon's Questar and student
Jim's 8-inch, children waiting patiently
When parents wander away
Mail to Jim Van Nuland.
Last updated: 2013 January 24, 1416, 1532
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