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Star Gazing Night





The San Jose Astronomical Association has graciously offered Rucker School a FREE “Star Party!”


When:  Friday Dec. 8th at  7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Where:  Rucker’s Upper Grade Playground Area


The entire Rucker Community is invited to attend, but PLEASE honor the S.J.A.A.’s guidelines as follows.  We are hoping to make this an annual event!


Among our targets will be...... 

Mars, Uranus, colorful double star Albireo, the pretty Ring Nebula, star clusters, a galaxy or two if the air is nicely clear. 

The moon is absent, having set in late afternoon.


* Leave flashlights at home, and omit lighted toys or rings. As your eyes adjust to the dark, you'll be able to see well. Many astronomical objects are rather faint, and you need to get acclimated to the dark.


* For the same reason, please resist the urge to take flash pictures. We can accommodate photos during the setup period, prior to full darkness, and you will get better pictures.


* Bring warm clothes -- a sweater or jacket, as the air cools quickly after dark, even after a warm day.


* Don't carry food and drinks around the scopes. Spills are a problem for the scopes and also for those around them -- it's no fun walking around in sticky shoes.


* Be careful not to touch the telescopes, especially the eyepiece where you look in. They move very easily and will lose our target. Worse, you may lose your balance! Just hang onto the stepladder with both hands.


* Toddlers are too young to understand how to look into telescopes, nor can they make sense of what's going on. When lifted, their natural tendency is to grab onto whatever is available, and that's sure to be the telescope. Bring them again in a year or two, when they are old enough to climb the ladder without help.


* After we show the first group of objects, we'll move the scopes to additional objects. So, after making the rounds of the telescopes, go back again, as we may have something new. We also take requests. Unfortunately, Pluto is too faint to be seen in a city, even with a large telescope.


PLEASE NOTE:  There is always a chance the event may get cancelled / rescheduled at the last minute because of the weather.  In the event of cancellation, an “all-call” would be made home to Rucker families.


Parents and teachers may also look at   <> after 1 pm, to learn whether we had to cancel and/or for last-minute changes.