San Joaquin County Parks, the Oak Grove Docents Council and the Stockton Astronomical Society (SAS) will present a special Astronomy In The Park event this Saturday, July 13 at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. Event festivities begin at 6 p.m.
The event, which normally includes activities prior to sunset and telescope viewing of the night sky, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing by featuring a 6 p.m. presentation by Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. The presentation will be in Oak Grove’s Outdoor Amphitheater.
Dr. Ennico Smith is multidisciplinary in her approach to space instruments, telescopes and mission concepts. She has designed and built infrared airborne and space telescope cameras and spectrometers; tested detectors in laboratories and particle accelerators; designed low-cost suborbital instruments; built lunar payloads and, most recently, served as deputy Project Scientist leading the calibration of the New Horizons Pluto fly-by mission and Project Scientist for NASA’s flying infrared observatory Stratopsheric Observatory for Infared Astronomy (SOFIA). Asteroid 154587 Ennico is named for her.
Additionally, the event will feature Hydrogen Alpha (ie: Solar) telescopes to view the Sun safely until 8 p.m., and special activities where guests can walk the solar system and take a picture on the Moon with Buzz Aldrin! Other astronomy-related activities, food trucks and much more will be offered. To round out the event, guests will be able to view the night sky beginning at 8:30 p.m. through giant telescopes provided by SAS. Among those expected to be in full view: Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules), Deep Sky Object: M3 (Globular Cluster) and, of course, the Moon. Event activities are free, parking $6.
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