There are several FREE star gazing parties available to the public.
The Riverside Astronomical Society share their powerful telescopes and expert knowledge to view the heavens at Western Science Center, 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet several times a year.
For the next star party at the Western Science Center, visit http://westerncentermuseum.org or call (951) 791-0033.
For the next star party, visit the Riverside Astronomical Society at http://www.rivastro.org/index.php.
The events usually start near dusk. Always check on the day of event to confirm. Star gazing events are contingent on good weather and an unclouded sky.
OTHER STAR GAZING OPPORTUNITIES
- http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Orange-County-Astronomy-Starparty – The Greater Orange County Astronomy Starparty hosts a monthly Saturday Night Star party located at the Adler Observatory located on Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore.
- http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/visiting.html – Palomar Observatory (Palomar Mountain)
- http://www.physics.uci.edu/~observat/#visnite – Observatory at the University of California (Irvine)
- http://www.griffithobs.org – Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles) – Several observatories also have extensive additional information on their sites for public education. I like the educational information at Griffith the best.
- http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html – International Space Station
RESOURCES FOR TELESCOPES
- http://telescopes.stardate.org/guide/public.php – Publicly Accessible Telescope Viewing
- http://www.openculture.com/2012/03/star_gazing_from_the_international_space_station_.html – Star Gazing from the International Space Station (and Free Astronomy Courses Online).
- http://telescopes.stardate.org/resources/faqs.php – Frequently Asked Questions About Telescopes
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_telescopes – “This list of space telescopes (astronomical space observatories) is grouped by major frequency ranges: gamma ray, x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, infrared, microwave and radio. Telescopes that work in multiple frequency bands are included in all of the appropriate sections. Space telescopes that collect particles, such as cosmic ray nuclei and/or electrons, as well as instruments that aim to detect gravitational waves, are also listed.”