Free April 4 Star Party at Foothill College Celebrates International Year of Astronomy
April 04, 2009
8 to 11 p.m.

Foothill College teams up with the Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) to host a star party for area families Saturday, April 4, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Foothill College Observatory in Los Altos Hills, provided the sky is clear. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The college's 16-inch telescope will be open for viewing and PAS members will bring additional telescopes so everyone can gaze at celestial bodies such as the moon, planets, stars and other astronomical phenomenon.

Families should dress warmly and bring a small flashlight. If there are crowds, be prepared for a short wait to see through the telescope. There is no seating. Everyone, especially children, must be alert and careful of the traffic on the one-way road that surrounds the campus.

The event is part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy celebration being held around the world April 2-5. For 100 hours, observatories, museums, educational institutions and astronomy enthusiasts will present live and online events to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy--the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first turning telescope to the heavens. For more information, access www.100hoursofastronomy.org and www.astronomy2009.us.

The Foothill College Observatory is operated by the Peninsula Astronomical Society, one of the most active amateur astronomy clubs in the Bay Area. For more information about the Foothill College Astronomy Program, access www.foothill.edu/ast.

Foothill College is located on El Monte Road off Interstate 280 in Los Altos Hills. Lot 4 provides best parking for the observatory. If Lot 4 is full, park in Lot 3 or Lot 5 and walk to the observatory. Purchase a required parking permit for $2 from dispensers in any parking lot. For observatory information, call (650) 949-7334.
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