Starry Nights Festival – September 15

Celebrate the exceptional sunny days and starry nights at Yucca Valley’s 16th annual Starry Nights Festival.  This event will feature presentations by noted astronomers, a reception and evening of stargazing.

Astronomy Lectures in the Yucca Room at the Community Center, 1:00—7:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.              Matthew Ota

E.E. Barnard – a 19th century astronomer that pioneered astrophotography.

The story of Edward Emerson Barnard, a 19th century astronomer who overcame a childhood of abject poverty to become one of history’s most gifted observational astronomers and pioneer astrophotographers.


2:00 p.m.               Ken Drummond and Ray Yeager

A visit from Galileo and other Astronomers

The history of astronomy is replete with a long train of interesting characters. Thanks to the “magic of the Internet” a few of them have arrived here in the 21st century to describe some of their amazing discoveries. Archimedes, Galileo, Kepler, Herschel, Einstein. Some of these and others may agree to appear. Ken and Ray are still negotiating with them at press time.


3:00 p.m.              Dr. Stephenie Slahor


Just about everyone has a story about a meteor. What story will you discover next? This presentation will help you learn what meteors are, why they sometimes come in “showers,” how to observe for meteors, and how to identify that curious rock you think just might be a meteorite. You’ll also explore stories of some of the world’s most famous meteorites and the people who discovered them, and find out why some of those meteorites have fame far beyond their identity as interesting examples of what lies beyond our planet’s own geology. You’re sure to find yet another story or two that will intrigue you and “spark” your interest in the science of meteors!


4:00 p.m.               John Varsik

The title of the talk will be “Solar Flares and Space Weather”

The space between the Sun and the Earth is nearly empty, but not quite. The disturbances in this space caused by the Sun which can affect the Earth are called space weather.  We will have a look at solar flares, a spectacular form of space weather with consequences for us on Earth.


5:00 p.m.               David Levy

Inspired to see the Sky? Astronomical Events and Ideas

Whatever there is in the sky, the important thing is to observe it with passion and intensity.  The sky becomes so much more meaningful when one compares it to our own lives, and the lives of those who came before us whether they are astronomers, or poets.


6:00 p.m.               Dennis Mammana

Seven Wonders of the Cosmos

Journey across the universe to witness the most spectacular phenomena in existence… from the collisions of massive galaxies to the wonder of star-birth to the delicate majesty of a total solar eclipse and all in between.  This is a voyage you won’t soon forget!


7:00 p.m.             International Dark Sky Assoc. – Tom O’Key

A brief story about modern life and the lost night sky. What can be done about light pollution.


Twilight Reception in the Yucca Room, 7:15—8:00 p.m.

LIVE — Robbie Robb — LIVE — Robbie Robb — LIVE

Stargazing at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex, 8:00—10:00 p.m.

Presented by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers


Admission to the festival is free thanks to the generous support of the Andromeda Society.

For more information call the museum at (760) 369-7212