Upcoming free Full Moon Star Party at the Moorpark Observatory


By Christine Hernandez

Astronomers of all ages will gather for a Full Moon Star Party on Saturday at the Moorpark College Observatory to observe the Harvest Moon.

The party will be hosted by the Ventura County Astronomical Society on September 14 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the Moorpark College Observatory, located at 7060 Campus Rd. Moorpark, CA 93021 for a suggested donation of $2.

The Harvest Moon is known as the full moon closest to the Autumn equinox, the name comes from old folklore. This full moon is different from others because the moon rises immediately after sunset and can seem more grandiose than others.

“American Indians gave each monthly full moon a name,” said astronomy professor at Moorpark College, Hal Jandorf. “During my lecture, I will describe all the traditional full moon names, like Blood Moon and Blue Moon.”

Attendees will learn how to take pictures through a telescope using a smart phone, as well as observe the full moon and other objects in the night sky.


“The event will be centered around an interactive slide show at the observatory and amphitheater,” said Jandorf. “After the lecture, many telescopes will be trained on the moon, planets and stars.”

The Ventura County Astronomical Society is a non-profit that aims to educate all stargazers and amateur astronomers through events, monthly meetings, star parties and community outreach.

“The purpose is to allow the public to learn facts about the moon, the night sky and have fun in a family environment,” said Jandorf. “The monthly programs attract many astronomy enthusiasts and each events attendance are 200-500 participants!”

For more information visit the Ventura County Astronomical Society website for upcoming events.