New Course: Journey to Saturn, the Moon, and the Stars

This unique course gives Osher members a rare opportunity to observe Saturn, craters on the Moon, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and stars, stars, stars, using the resolving power of the 60-inch telescope at the Mt. Wilson Observatory, the birthplace of modern astronomy, at the top of the Angeles Crest Forest!

The 60-inch is the largest telescope in the world devoted entirely to public viewing of astronomical objects. It’s large light collecting mirror, and the exquisite skies over Mount Wilson, provide an unrivaled and unique experience.

Space is limited to 25 people, so register now!

The course is led by Shelley Bonus, sky teacher and astronomical lecturer-historian-archivist, who had Asteroid 10028 BONUS named after her by the International Astronomical Union.

There are two meetings in this course:

1. The first meeting is an in-classroom lecture before the trip to the Mount Wilson 60-inch Telescope.
2. The second meeting is to board the bus to go to the Mount Wilson 60-inch Telescope for observing.

The same lecture is scheduled at two different locations and dates:

Crowell Library, San Marino
Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Reg#W3666
Through March 30: $195 / After: $215

Reg#W3667 (Passport members)
Through March 30: $135 / After: $149
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Belmont Village Westwood
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Reg#W3528
Through April 7: $195 / After: $215

Reg#W3530 (Passport members)
Through April 7: $135 / After: $149

There are two different locations to meet and board the chartered bus to travel to Mount Wilson:

Belmont Village Westwood
Monday, May 9, 4:30 p.m.
(The bus will travel from Belmont Village Westwood to Crowell Library in San Marino, to pick up members at that location. The duration from Belmont Village to San Marino is approximately 1 hour, depending on traffic.)

Crowell Library, San Marino
Monday, May 9, 5:30 p.m.
(The duration of the ride to Mount Wilson from this location is approximately 1.5 hours.)

Observing at Mount Wilson ends at approximately 1:00 a.m. It may end earlier, but please be prepared to depart at this time. There are boxed dinners for sale from Mount Wilson for $12. Please order directly from them in advance of the trip. You may also bring your own food as well.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CONDITIONS AT MOUNT WILSON ARE NOT ALWAYS CLEAR FOR OPTIMAL OBSERVING. IF THAT IS THE CASE ON MAY 9TH, THERE IS AN ALTERNATE DAY SCHEDULED ON MAY 11TH.

YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY 2:30 P.M. ON MAY 9TH IF THE TRIP IS POSTPONED TO MAY 11TH. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

For more information about Mount Wilson and the 60-inch telescope, visit http://www.mtwilson.edu/60in.php.

The 1900-era dome is not ADA compliant, and the telescope is inaccessible to those who cannot climb the thirty stairs to the observing deck. The Observatory is at 5,700 feet elevation, so anyone with serious breathing or heart problems probably should not attempt the trip.

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