AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The purpose of our organization is to promote, through education, a knowledge and appreciation of astronomy,” said Astronomy Club Vice President Richard Hague. “Each year we undertake many local projects which encourage an awareness of astronomy in the general public, with a special emphasis on young people.” Eight winners, two from each grade level, will be recognized at an Astronomy Club meeting, which will be followed by a planetarium show. Winners will also receive a T-shirt, a tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and time with scientists to discuss their projects and career experiences. Entry forms are available at the club’s Web site at www.avastronomyclub.org. The Astronomy Club meets the second Friday of each month at the SAGE Planetarium, 38060 20th St., Palmdale. The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. March 10. The meetings include guest speakers and programs about the night sky. Monthly public star parties are also held, as weather permits, at various locations around the Valley, including Saddleback Butte State Park in Lake Los Angeles and the Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club’s sixth annual Youth Exploring Astronomy essay contest has expanded to include students from Mojave and Edwards Air Force Base schools. All students who are enthusiastic about astronomy and space are invited to submit up to a 500-word typewritten essay using one of the themes chosen. Fifth- and sixth-graders can choose to write about “To Fly Through Space from Star to Star, What Wonders to See…” or “Stars and Telescopes.” This year’s themes for seventh- and eighth-graders are “The Benefits of Living in the Era of Space Discovery” or “The Solar System is Not Just Planets…” The deadline to enter is March 15. Winners will be chosen based upon their level of enthusiasm and thoughtful creativity demonstrated in the essay, organizers said. A panel of parents, amateur astronomers, local dignitaries and air and space professionals will judge the essays. For information about the Astronomy Club, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!