Starry Nights is hosted by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority with help from members of the San Jose Astronomical Association.
You've got a telescope? Come on down and follow along with the objects we view, or find your own and have the pleasure of sharing views of objects you find to others.
No telescope? Come on down and look through our telescopes and learn about the planets and stars and deep sky objects you can see.
Questions? Whats that really bright "star" after sunset? (this time its Venus) We have members of the San Jose Astronomical Association available to answer your questions.
Spectacular deep sky objects of the late summer and autumn skies are visible (think Sagittarius, Cygnus and Andromeda!). Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve is close by, but well away from the city lights, so expect to see the summer Milky Way west of due south by 8pm.
Objects on Display: Deep Sky Objects such as The Andromeda Galaxy later in the evening, Double Cluster in Perseus, Globular Clusters in Hercules M13, planetary nebulae such as the Ring Nebula M57 and the Dumbbell Nebula M27 and the Milky Way of Cygnus, Scorpius and Sagittarius will be on the way down as twilight ends.
This is nearly the last chance to observe the star clouds of the summer Milky Way, but also get introduced to the "Water" constellations (Aquarius, Pisces, Cetus) as the evening progresses.
Sunset: 18:54 PDT
Civil Twilight Ends:19:20
Moonrise: 01:54 Next Day