Star Party and Solar Eclipse Viewing This August in Yosemite

The Redwoods In Yosemite would like to share the latest information from our friends at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, just on the corner of Chilnualna Falls Rd and Highway 41 in Yosemite.

Join us, Sunday, August 20th, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, CA, for a night of star-gazing and listen to a short lecture on “The Lives of Stars” by Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane. You will hear about how stars and planets form, whether there are Earth-like planets around other stars, how stars spend their lives and what they do when they eventually die. After the talk we’ll use portable telescopes to explore the night sky and you will see Saturn, M57 – the Ring Nebula, various star clusters and galaxies like M51 and M81.

Come out on Monday, Aug 21 on the lawn at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, CA to see the spectacular solar eclipse from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. During a solar eclipse, the Moon blocks the light of the Sun and from Wawona approximately 75% of the sun’s disc will be occulted. Its an event that doesn’t come around often, so you won’t want to miss it! We will use portable telescopes to project the image of the Sun during the eclipse so that many people can safely and easily see it as the eclipse as it progresses. Please do NOT stare directly at the Sun for any length of time during an eclipse because it can cause irreparable damage to your eyes.  Individual eclipse glasses will be on sale, too, for $3 on a first-come first-served basis so that you can view the eclipse safely.

The UC Merced Yosemite Field Station’s address is 7799 Chilnualna Falls Rd., Wawona, CA 93623. It is located approximately 25 miles from Yosemite Valley, 4 miles from the South entrance to Yosemite National Park, and 5 miles from the Giant Sequoia Grove. The South Fork of the Merced River runs very close to the Yosemite Field Station, too. So bring your family and join us in exploring the wonders of the heavens and Earth!

Both events are free and open to the public.  We welcome everyone of all ages and encourage you to share the information with friends and family. Feel free to download the poster that advertises this event and post it for others to see. RSVPs are not necessary, but are very much appreciated so that we can be prepared for you when you arrive.

Have fun exploring the starry skies and create a memory viewing the Solar Eclipse 2017 in Yosemite!