Don Bauder 7:01 a.m., June 19
My name is Jerry Hilburn and I want to welcome you to my Reader blog for San Diego Astronomy. Each week I will post information about the opportunities available to the public to participate in interesting Astronomy related events. As a member of the San Diego Astronomy Association ( http://sdaa.org/ ) and a Nasa / JPL Solar System Ambassador ( http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Jerry_Hilburn.htm ) my goal will be to keep you abreast of the local night sky happenings, and to keep you up to speed on the space science research that is ongoing at NASA / JPL
The San Diego Astronomy Association was formed in 1963 and is a non-profit educational organization. The purpose of the SDAA is to further the education of its members and the general public in the subjects of astronomy and the related space and physical science, and to increase public awareness and enjoyment of these sciences.
The SDAA holds regularly scheduled activities and various educational Outreach events . A monthly lecture Program and general meeting is presented for its members and the public at Mission Trails Regional Park. "Star Parties" are held for schools and youth groups, and members meet monthly at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park for presentations and public stargazing.
Public Star Parties are held during the dark of the moon at Tierra del Sol, the Association's dark-sky observing site in rural East San Diego County. The Club 22" Lipp Ritchey-Chretien reflector is available for club members and hosted during Public Star Parties for visitors. If your interested in learning more about attending our twice monthly star parties at Tierra Del Sol please do visit our website at http://sdaa.org/.
The SDAA host a photography website for its members that contain world class photographs of the night sky. Amazing images can be seen at http://aisig.sdaa.org/ . Go take a look at these shots taken by local San Diego Astronomers. Be sure to click on the photos link in the menu, then click on the pictures to see full size images of the San Diego night sky.
Several times a year I lecture on behalf of NASA / JPL. I have the great fortune to participate in a program that provides me access to principle investigators and scientist who run the many and varied space science missions on Mars, and those that orbit Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, and other planets. If your interested in having a lecture for you students, or group please do send me an email as I am always looking for opportunities to share the latest happenings in our solar system.
I look forward to writing my columns here on upcoming events in space and astronomy and hope you will keep looking up at our San Diego Skies!