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10 Dec 2017

4:00 - 8:00pm


The Friends of MIRA Annual Holiday Potluck
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Sunday, 10 December 20174:00 – 8:00 p.m. at
MIRA’s Richard Hamming Astronomy Center
200 Eighth Street, Marina

MIRA will provide the main course (mouthwatering Salinas City BBQ meats), wine, and soft drinks…you bring the potluck to complete our holiday feast.
Tom Piller, club president, will introduce the activities and events of the MIRA Amateur Astronomy Club.  Monthly invited speakers, club star parties, and use of the MIRA student observatory are among the many activities of the organization


The winter Pleiades Cluster will shine over our potluck


Weather permitting we will be taking advantage of a last quarter moon to view deep sky objects at our onsite Weaver Student Observatory telescope.

    Please bring a dish based on your last name:

A – H        Potato salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, or beans
I – L         Hors d’oeuvres, rolls, or deviled eggs
M – P       Dessert
R – Z        Green salad or vegetable dish

Please RSVP by the 8th of December with your name and the number of people attending.  This will allow us enough time to order the main course.  You may respond by email to, or give us a call at 831.883.1000.

This event is exclusively for the Friends of MIRA.




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Sunday Afternoons Summer 2018

Time:2:30 - 4:00 pm







Summer and Fall Observatory Tours

Free observatory tour at the Oliver Observing Station - See MIRA's 36-inch professional research telescope, learn some of the unique history that led to MIRA and the Oliver Observing Station (now in its 30th year), and discover how our mountaintop scientific research runs on solar and wind power and collected rainwater.

Voted the best place to watch the stars in Monterey County, the Oliver Observing Station on Chews Ridge is actually one of the best places in the continental U.S. for optical astronomy. High in the Santa Lucia Mountains, an afternoon on Chews Ridge also provides excellent views of the Ventana Wilderness, the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula , and, on a clear day, the Sierra Nevada.

Road in Carmel Valley. Space is limited so reservations for these free events are required. Please call 883-1000 to make reservations and get directions.

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This is a free event for the general public -- be sure to make reservations.


Date and Time

12 August


6 - 11 pm

Friends' Night at the Oliver Observing Station

This year the Friends' night will coincide with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. Of course we will also be observing star clusters, diverse planetary nebulae, and an errant galaxy or two wiht the 36-inch telescope. The summer Milky Way will make an appearance directly overhead with rich starfields and dark interstellar clouds. As usual, MIRA astronomers will lead the tour of the heavens and answer all those questions about the Universe you've been wondering about.

This is restricted to the Friends of MIRA

Please make reservations as space is limited.


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Summer 2018

MIRA Summer Intern Program


MIRA accepts four to six students for an summer intern program in astronomy. We also accept interns during the school year. Students work on a one-on-one basis with professional astronomers on current research topics such as star formation, gravitational lenses, small solar system bodies, and instrumentation. Recent research has included comet studies using data from the NASA Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite, a program in which MIRA astronomers participate. While most work is at the Marina campus, observing trips to the Oliver Observing Station are part of the program.

Interns are advanced high school students and college students; applications are accepted in March and April but available positions are filled as students are accepted. Call at 883-1000 or e-mail mira at mira dot org for more information.

The high school Student Intern Program is supported in part by the Friends of MIRA.



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