Moon Land­ing an­niver­sary events kick off early

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Kyla Cathey LODI LIV­ING ED­I­TOR

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the lu­nar sur­face — the first crewed mis­sion to land on the moon.

The Stockton As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety, Lodi Lake Na­ture Area Do­cents and Oak Grove Do­cents Coun­cil are kick­ing off cel­e­bra­tions a week early with two spe­cial events this week­end.

The events are a great ex­cuse to kick off a week of cel­e­brat­ing Apollo 11’s great achieve­ment — plus, moon­rise is much ear­lier than on the ac­tual an­niver­sary.

“Can’t have a party without the guest of honor,” said Dou­glas Chris­tensen of the Stockton As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety.

On Fri­day, head to Lodi Lake for an evening of star-gaz­ing, with spec­tac­u­lar views of the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more through the Stockton As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety’s large tele­scopes.

Start out at the Lodi Lake Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter, which will open at 7 p.m. The cen­ter houses dis­plays show­ing some of the wildlife vis­i­tors can spot in Lodi and the sur­round­ing area, such as green herons, pos­sums, Sand­hill cranes, rac­coons, skunks and more.

At 8 p.m., head to the area near the new boat launch where the so­ci­ety will set up their tele­scopes for a chance to view some amaz­ing ce­les­tial sights.

The event is free and open to the public. Park­ing fees will be en­forced in the lake’s park­ing lot. Street park­ing is free, but is not per­mit­ted on Lau­rel Av­enue after dark. The lake park­ing lot en­trance will be locked at 8:30 p.m., but the exit will re­main open un­til the event is over, and cars may en­ter there.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Julie Giometti-Wahl at 559-240-5612 or Parks, Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Ser­vices at 209-333-6742.

The Stockton As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety will be out again on Satur­day evening, tele­scopes in tow — this time, at Oak Grove Re­gional Park be­tween Lodi and Stockton.

The guest of honor will be NASA sci­en­tist Dr. Kim­berly En­nico Smith, who will give a pre­sen­ta­tion start­ing at 6 p.m. There will also be so­lar tele­scope view­ing at this time, along with other ac­tiv­i­ties and food trucks.

At 8:30 p.m., vis­i­tors will be able to view the night sky through a va­ri­ety of tele­scopes shared by SAS mem­bers.

Like Lodi’s event, the Satur­day evening star-gaz­ing will be free, with a $6 per ve­hi­cle park­ing fee. The event be­gins at 6 p.m. at the Oak Grove Na­ture Cen­ter, 4520 W. Eight Mile Road, Stockton. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 209-9538814 or visit www.stock­tonas­tro.org.

Be sure to see Satur­day’s Lodi Liv­ing sec­tion for more about the Moon Land­ing’s 50th an­niver­sary and lo­cal cel­e­bra­tions.

NASA/TRIBUNE NEWS SER­VICE FILE PHO­TO­GRAPH

As­tro­naut Buzz Aldrin stands on the moon dur­ing the Apollo 11 mis­sion on July 20, 1969.

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