5:30 PM - Saturday, February 27, 2016
Join MTRP Trail Guide and amateur astronomer, George Varga, at the far end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground's Day Use Parking Lot, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A telescope will be available to view the nighttime sky! In consideration of others, no lanterns or white-light flashlights are permitted near the telescope. * Note: Cancelled if raining or cloudy.
The Moon will be five days past being Full, consequently it will not add to light pollution. The Orion Nebula (M42), the Little Beehive Cluster (M41), Open Clusters in Auriga, and the Crab Nebula (M1) are well positioned for viewing. The Crab Nebula (M1) is the result of a supernova that occurred in 1054 AD and was recorded by Chinese observers. Also visible will be Open Cluster M35 in Gemini and the Beehive Cluster, M44, in Cancer.