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Garvey Ranch Observatory hosts Telescope & Mirror Making as well as public observing every Wednesday night from 7:45pm to 10:00 pm. 

The Observatory is a club house for our members and the atmosphere is very casual. You can look through our library, join a class, and observe the night sky using the 8 Inch refracting telescope in the dome. Many of our members just come by to socialize and enjoy the evening.An evening at the Garvey Ranch Observatory is always unique so please stop by and discover it for yourself on any Wednesday night.

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FREE telescope making class
Garvey Ranch Park
731 S. Orange Ave. Monterey Park, CA. 91755
7pm-9pm
Every Wednesday

On every Wednesday night, the LAAS members enjoy an evening of astronomy at the Garvey Ranch Observatory in Monterey Park, CA.

We have free telescope-making classes in the workshop area. You can learn how to grind your own mirror and build your own telescope. Free and seasonal astronomy classes are presented by our members who participate as instructors for the class es in classroom of the Community Center
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about 3 years
A Guide to the Night Sky

By Tre Gibbs, Los Angeles Astronomical Society

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a safe
and warm Holiday Season. Here we are well
into 2016 and the days are getting noticeably
longer, which mean s the nights are getting
shorter. This of course gives us a little less
time for star and planet gazing. But that’s
fine…most of what’s happening this month
is in the eastern pre-dawn skies, except for
one item on the list - and that is the mighty
Jupiter!

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar
system, rises almost due east early in the
month around 9 p.m., but by month’s end
Jupiter will peak above the horizon as early
as 7 p.m., making for great viewing with a
average telescope or even a pair of binoculars.
In fact, look for Jupiter traveling the night sky
along with the moon in the evening of the
24th. The pair can be seen in the east around
7:30 p.m., with bright Jupiter slightly above
and to the left of the moon.

The rest of the planets can be seen later
in the pre-dawn skies in the east. Early in the
month, Mars rises around 1:30 a.m. appearing
as a small orange-ish “star,” followed by
Saturn, rising about 4 a.m. and then brilliant
Venus, taking her time, rising as late as 5 a.m.,
quickly followed by the Sun. Though later in
the month, you won’t have to stay up as late,
since Mars will then rise around midnight,
followed still by Saturn at 1:30 a.m. Venus,
who is inching closer and closer to the sun’s
glare each day, rises around 5:30 a.m. by
month’s end.

Now, these planets are pretty much spread
out in the sky making the fainter ones (like
Mars and Saturn) much harder to spot. Jupiter
and Venus are so bright they stand out like
sore thumbs. But have no fear, we can use
the moon as a guide, since the Sun, Moon
and planets all travel the same path in the sky
together, called “The Ecliptic.” During the
early morning hours of February 1, the Moon
and Mars travel the night sky together, both
rising around 1:30 a.m. Look for Mars just
to the right of the moon. On February 3, the
moon accompanies the mighty Saturn, both
rising around 4 a.m. Saturn will be below the
moon and just right of center. On the evening
of the 24th, the moon pairs with Jupiter, both
rising around 7:30 p.m. (see above). And then,
just after midnight of the 28th, the ever fickle
Moon returns to share the sky with Mars once
again this month. They both rise around 12:30
a.m., technically the 29th, with Mars sitting
just below and to the right of the Moon.

The Los Angeles Astronomical Society
meets at Monterey Park’s Garvey Ranch
Observatory every Wednesday night, rain or
shine, from 7-10 p.m. All members are eager
to answer your questions and let you have
a peek through our 8” telescope, weather
permitting.

Feel free to contact us, we would
love to see you there. Address 781 S Orange
Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755; www.
laas.org; Facebook www.facebook.com/
losangelesastronomicalsociety;
or phone 213-
673-7355.
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Make Your Own Telescope!
Free telescope making class.

Garvey Ranch Park
731 S. Orange Ave. Monterey Park, CA. 91755
7pm-9pm
Every Wednesday

On every Wednesday night, the LAAS members enjoy an evening of astronomy at the Garvey Ranch Observatory in Monterey Park, CA.

We have free telescope-making classes in the workshop area. You can learn how to grind your own mirror and build your own telescope. Free and seasonal astronomy classes are presented by our members who participate as instructors for the classes in classroom of the Community Center
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Wednesday
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday - Friday
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Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
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