Maturango Museum

Next Star Party:

Saturday, August 26, 2023 8:30 PM

Quarter Moon Star Party at Maturango - August

C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) and Cresecent Moon over Ridgecrest — Ralph Paonessa

Highlights tonight include Saturn and its rings, and an 11–day old Quarter Moon.

Saturn finally returns to our evening sky after a long absence and will be high enough for good views.

Saturday is 2 days after the First Quarter Moon (10.7 days past New Moon). The terminator – the line between dark and light – bisects the visible surface to the West. Near this line of sunrise on the Moon we will see many details on the surface in the zone between shadows and light.

The Summer Triangle of bright stars Vega, Altair, and Deneb shines straight overhead.


For a detailed map of what's visible on the Moon this night, go to Derekscope Moon Phase Maps and click on the 10.5–day Moon. Look for some interesting features on the maps and challenge yourself to find them at the telescope!


Telescope views of Saturn & the Moon


Maturango Museum

Next Star Parties

SOLAR Star Party at Maturango - September
View the Sun through solar telescopes
Brown Road Star Party - October
Telescopes under dark skies
Red Rock Star Party - October
Telescopes at Red Rock Canyon
Quarter Moon Star Party at Maturango - October
Telescope views of planets & the crescent Moon
Cerro Coso Star Party & Barbeque - September
Telescopes at Red Rock Canyon
Solar Telescope Viewing at Maturango - September 23
Solar Telescope Viewing at Maturango