On Saturday evening, May 28, 2016, local astronomers will be setting up their telescopes to provide free views of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
That’s local Astronomer Don Macholz who says he will be joined by about 6 other Astronomers with telescopes Saturday evening for the viewing.
He says Mars will be closest to the earth this week, at a distance from us of only 42 million miles.
Mars reaches its closest point to us every 2 years, so this will be our best view of Mars until 2018.
The planet Jupiter, with its four moons, and the planet Saturn, with its rings, will also be visible through the telescopes. At 9:30 the International Space Station is expected to be visible as it passes overhead.
click to listen to Don Macholz
To get to the Overlook, go to downtown Auburn, to the historic Courthouse. One of the roads branching from there is Auburn-Folsom Rd. Take that to the third stoplight (about 0.8 mile). This is Pacific Ave. Turn left at this stoplight and go about 0.6 miles to the American River Overlook, which is on your right. We are at the far end of the parking lot.
The free observing session is dependent upon the weather, if it is overcast or raining the session is cancelled.