May 15, 2008
Santa Cruz Gardens School contacted me about helping their girl scout troop earn their astronomy badge by giving them an informal presentation and lecture on the planets, the constellations, and how to navigate under the stars. Fun! Of course I agreed, and we had perfect skies. I set up the 10" LX200 where we could see Mercury, which is making a rare good appearance in the evening sky. I had a bit of trouble finding the school, as I drove over straight from a meeting with some NASA friends over dinner in Mountain View. I thought somehow it was up Fairway Drive near Soquel... and it wasn't. Luckily a resident up there went to his computer and found the address, and with a map I found my way just in time.
About a dozen elementary and middle school girls and their parents were there. I had some cookies left from the Astro 28X class a few days before, and the parents added in their own mega chocolate chip cookies and lemonade, so we were all well snack'd up.