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Star party

More than 50 people gathered under the stars and moon in Rancho Murieta Friday night to see the Perseid meteor shower, an annual event that promised a special show this year. Murietan David Scharlach, an amateur astronomer who arranged the gathering, on the parking area above Lakes Calero and Chesbro, provided a 10-inch telescope and had a friend bring an 11-inch telescope. Kids, parents and grandparents lined up to see Saturn, the Moon and other heavenly objects. Shortly after 9:30, as Scharlach was explaining about distances in space, the crowd broke the classroom silence with cries of  “Wow!” and “Oooooh!” They had seen the first meteor of the night.

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