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Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park

Admission: FREE

Location: Oak Grove Regional Park

4520 W. Eight Mile Rd
Stockton, Ca 95209

Phone: (209) 471-1674

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Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park

View the Moon, Venus, Orion Nebula, The Pleiades, deep sky objects, and others through giant telescopes beginning at sunset at Oak Grove Regional Park. 

Bring the kids out for this learning opportunity to get a closer look at the stars.

Members of the Stockton Astronomical Society will volunteer to setup their telescopes for the public at S.J. County Oak Grove Regional Park on the Saturday closest to the First Quarter Moon. Nature Center will remain closed until later this year. During the months of April through October the Nature Center will also be open with indoor astronomy activities. If the sky is cloudy or there is bad weather the telescopes may not be available. During the months of November through March the Nature Center will not be open. Also, if the sky is not clear the event may be canceled, and they will try again the next month.

  • S.J. County charges a Parking Fee of $6.00 per vehicle but the Nature Center and telescope viewing is free.
  • SAS telescope volunteers: show the person at the kiosk that you are
    part of the SAS volunteer staff and they should let you in for free.
  • Indoor astronomy themed activities for kids (both big & small) will be in the Nature Center.
  • Telescope viewing starts after Sunset, the Moon will be visible in the telescopes from the start. As the sky darkens more objects become visible. Darker and clearer sky is better for viewing.
  • Every month we will feature a different deep sky object. We will point one of our large telescopes at this object during the last hour of the evening. These objects are dim and fuzzy and are best seen in large aperture telescopes.
  • To view objects, it may be necessary to stand on a ladder or step stool that will be next to the telescope.

For more information call:
Doug Christensen Eric Holland
SAS Outreach Coordinator SAS Secretary
(209) 471-1674 (209) 351-0206
Website: http://stocktonastro.org

Astronomy in the Park 2021 Schedule:

Saturday, June 19
Sunset is at 8:30pm
The Moon, Venus, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)
10:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)

Saturday, July 17
Sunset is at 8:30pm
The Moon, Venus, Mars, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules),
10:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M3 (Globular Cluster)

Saturday, August 14
Sunset is at 8:00pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules),
9:30 pm - Deep Sky Object: M8 & M20 (Lagoon Nebula & Trifid Nebula)

Saturday, September 11
Sunset is at 7:30pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)
9:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M57 (Ring Nebula)

Saturday, October 9
Sunset is at 6:30pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)
8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M27 (The Dumbbell Nebula)

Saturday, November 13
Sunset is at 6:05pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M31 (The Andromeda Galaxy)

Saturday, December 11
Sunset is at 4:45pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M33 Triangulum Galaxy


    Upcoming Dates:

    • Saturday, August 14
    • Saturday, September 11
    • Saturday, October 9
    • Saturday, November 13
    • Saturday, December 11

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