Join Us in Big Bear!,
RTMC opens this year on Thursday at noon, September 19th, Big Bear California. Although Memorial Day was taken away from RTMC, there are advantages to our new date. Weather in September tends to be more pleasant and stable in Big Bear than in May, with fewer storms and winds. Sunset on Saturday night is earlier at 6:47, with moonrise at 11:46pm. We will get deep sky viewing along with Jupiter and Saturn. You will see the summer Milky Way high overhead with the fall constellations in the East. Bring your best telescope to enrich our star party tradition.
Our theme this year is “Change and Innovation” with a terrific keynote speaker, Jerry Blackburn, veteran NASA engineer who worked on all the manned space missions, including Apollo. Friday night, longtime RTMC president Steve Edberg will catch us up on astronomy innovations. Our speaker lineup includes professional and amateur astronomers covering many topics. This year our secondary theme is building stronger outreach and star parties. If you would like to present and share your expertise, speaker slots are available on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning – talk to us: email@example.com.
As always we have vendors with astro-goodies and new products, family activities with conoeing, archery, a zipline, hiking, a kids' activity with an ice cream social on Sunday, and more. We continue our famous swap meet where astronomy nerds can buy, sell, or trade. So dig around your garage and bring us something interesting! The Beginners’ Corner is cooking up some great talks and activities for all ages. We are a family friendly STEM event, and kids enter the Expo for free; Students enter at half price.
So come on up and join the astronomy expo, we have a place for you.