Students, families spend night stargazing The Modesto Bee

The heavens opened up over the playing field at Sacred Heart Catholic School, delighting astronomy buffs. Dozens of students and their parents turned out Thursday for a stargazing party put on by the Stockton Astronomical Society. They got a chance to gaze at Mars — past its best viewing but still bright as it completes its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years — as well as a half-moon and a host of constellations.