THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The public is invited to check out the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn during the annual Summer Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch on Saturday, August 3. This free event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m.
A number of telescopes will be set up and directed at the planets and other distant objects in our galaxy. There will be a special presentation from Dr. Travis Longcore, an Associate Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a leading expert in the environmental and ecological effects of night lighting. His program is entitled “Light Pollution, Wildlife and You” starting at 7:30 p.m.
The event will also feature two fun nighttime hikes with a National Park Service ranger (at 7:30 and 8:30) to look for bats and learn how they send out sound waves, called echolocation, through their mouths and noses to navigate and find food in the dark. Hupa native Kat High will share Native American night sky stories starting at 7 p.m. There will also be other educational childrens’ activities, including an opportunity for youngsters to become Night Sky Junior Rangers.
Schedule of events:
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Kids’ activities
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Native American night sky stories by Hupa native Kat High
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Light Pollution, Wildlife, and You, a presentation by Dr. Travis Longcore
7:30 pm & 8:30 pm: Search for bats with a National Park Service ranger
8:15 pm – 10:00 pm: Telescope viewing
Parking is free. Food vendors will have dinner and snacks available for purchase.
Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Red lens flashlights are recommended to help preserve visitors night vision throughout the event (red cellophane and rubber bands will also be provided).
For more information please call the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at[masked].
This is a National Park Services event.