John Muir Land Trust to host star gazing event Tuesday

stargazing-cmykMARTINEZ, Calif. – The stars are aligned for another stellar Star Gazing event on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, a permanently protected 702-acre natural area.

This popular event, sponsored by John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) in partnership with the Mt. Diablo and East Bay Astronomical Societies and Chabot Space & Science Center, offers something for everyone.

The event will begin with an optional walking tour from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by an ice cream social and views through the Astronomical Societies’ phenomenal telescopes. Child-friendly materials and a demonstration of how to use the binoculars and equipment will be included.

This evening promises great views of a crescent moon, Saturn and its ring system and the Andromeda Galaxy some 2.3 million light years distant.

The event is open to the public, free of charge and ADA accessible.

To ensure comfortable viewing, guests should bring a blanket and/or chair and flashlight.

Budding and experienced photographers alike are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the evening beauty of Fernandez Ranch. Photographs may be selected for JMLT’s website.

For more information or to RSVP, call (925) 228-5460 or visit the John Muir Land Trust at website www.jmlt.org.

Directions to Fernandez Ranch

From I-80: Head east on Highway 4. Take the first exit after the Franklin Canyon Golf Course onto Christie Road. Use caution; Christie Road is a minor exit off of Highway 4. Fernandez Ranch is 0.7 miles down Christie Road on your right.

From Martinez: Head west on Highway 4. Take the Franklin Canyon exit. Turn left and merge onto Highway 4 eastbound. Take the first exit after the Franklin Canyon Golf Course onto Christie Road. Use caution; Christie Road is a minor exit off of Highway 4. Fernandez Ranch is 0.7 miles down Christie Road on your right.

Additional info about JMLT’s partners:

• Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society: http://www.mdas.net/#sthash.FR67MhZE.dpuf

• East Bay Astronomical Society: http://www.eastbayastro.org/

• Chabot Space and Science Center: http://www.chabotspace.org/index.htm

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