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On Saturday, August 22, almost 400 curious stargazers descended on Menghini Winery in Julian armed with red-cellophane-covered flashlights and heavy jackets, all wanting to have a peek at the night sky.

The second annual Julian Starfest, a camp-out event open to vendors and amateur astronomers, offered the opportunity to view the night sky using attendees’ telescopes and included scientific talks from the directors of local observatories.

The threatening skies of earlier in the day gave way to provide spectators with a clear viewing of the planet Jupiter and its moons, the constellations Regulus and Orion's Belt, and the Milky Way.

Most of the Saturday-evening visitors were parents with children in tow, eager to get a look at the night sky.

"Spur an interest at a young age, and they'll never tire of looking at the sky," one amateur was heard to say.

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Josh Board Sept. 27, 2009 @ 2:17 p.m.

Pete, you'd never be in a tower on a college campus shooting people. I don't think you'd ever be anywhere NEAR a college campus! If you were going to shoot up a place, I think you'd just walk into a liquor store, or kinda do it the way Michael Douglas did in Falling Down. He shot up the idiots in the world that (mostly) deserved it.

If you want to get into doing it "postal"...you'd better hurry. Pretty soon, won't be many post offices left (note to self: find out where all these disgruntled postal workers will go, when they're out of work).

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PistolPete Aug. 23, 2009 @ 10:53 p.m.

This is why we waste trillions of $$$ on NASA....

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AnotherWorld Aug. 24, 2009 @ 1:24 a.m.

Outside from planet Earth; This is where it all happens and IMO is where the real and true fun is beyond those who are here who believe having fun is nothing more than doing drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll.

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PistolPete Aug. 24, 2009 @ 1:32 a.m.

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume Another World is a highly religious virgin. AW? Any thoughts? Take me to your leader? Anything? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? I love my sex,drugs & rock'n'roll. It's what keeps me from going postal on all the AHEM....IQ challenged individuals. Without these three things,I'd probably be picking off strangers from a tower on a college campus somewhere in Texas......

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bvstaples Aug. 25, 2009 @ 11:47 a.m.

Uh....Regulus is a star in the constellation of Leo; Orion's Belt is an asterism in the constellation of Orion; and the Julian Starfest has nothing to do with the waste of "trillions of $$$ on NASA..." (even though NASA's budget is not in the trillions). Perhaps a little fact checking is in order before reporting a story or commenting on it...

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Joe Poutous Aug. 25, 2009 @ 1:55 p.m.

Sounds like a really cool event! Was the winery open for tasting?

Oh, and... AnotherWorld - Gazing at the stars is a good time, but sex and rock and roll are pretty damn fun, too.

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antigeekess Sept. 26, 2009 @ 10:27 p.m.

PistolPete pecked:

"Without these three things,I'd probably be picking off strangers from a tower on a college campus somewhere in Texas......"

That's pretty bizarre, Pete. I've used just that expression about myself, and thought to myself that it really is kind of a miracle that you're not doing just that, too, given your history. Props to you for holding it together, even as well as you have, and not getting into a LOT more trouble. It would be entirely unsurprising if you had done a lot more damage.

In my case, the mitigating factor was my dad, as in:

"If it wasn't for my dad, I'd probably be picking off strangers from a tower on a college campus somewhere in Texas."

Word for word. Funny old world, ain't it?

Oh, and Pete -- watch the Postal references, there, dude. ;)

And lay off the astronomy nerds, too. It's pretty cool stuff. You'd diggit.

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cosmoquark Sept. 7, 2009 @ 3:57 a.m.

To expand somewhat on bvstaples's correction of the glaring errors in this article, of the astronomical objects referred to as constellations by the author, NONE are constellations.

Regulus is not a constellation, but rather is the brightest of numerous stars -- actually a multiple star system composed of four stars -- in the constellation Leo.

Orion's Belt is not a constellation, but consists of three super-giant stars named Mintaka, Alnilam, And Alnitak among the numerous stars that make up the constellation Orion.

Finally, the Milky Way is neither a constellation nor part of a constellation, but is the spiral galaxy in which our solar system is embedded. It can be seen (wherever it is not obscured by light pollution) as a cloudy band that stretches across the entire sky. The cloudy band is the small portion of our galaxy that we are able to see edge-on from Earth. Several constellations can be seen within the Milky Way.

Seems to me the editors at the Reader should take greater care to avoid publishing such misinformation, even when furnished by its "stringers."

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