The 2011 Golden State Star Party is Jun 29 through July 3rd, 2011, at Frosty Acres Ranch, near the town of Adin in Northeastern California.
This is the 4th time this event has been held at Frosty Acres Ranch. Its a great location, wide open horizons 360 degrees around and some of the darkest skies possible anywhere. The mesa we observe from has room for 100s of campers.
I woke at 4:30AM, jumped into car and raced outback of Fort Ord to watch the
Moon/Venus occultation. Got setup about the time Venus was covered up by the moon. At
5:30AM the fog rolled in. No more moon! I put everything in the car and headed east on
Reservation road fast. Just past Route 68 pulled over in small neighborhood at 5:50AM. Got
setup with webcam and caught rough view of Venus coming out from behind moon. See attached file.
With 2009 just over the horizon, stargazers around the world are busy preparing for the International Year of Astronomy. A staggering 135 nations are collaborating to bring the Universe closer to Earth. Events and activities will take place over the coming 365 days and beyond, in a spectacle of cosmic proportions.