Yucca Valley's Hi-Desert Nature Museum hosts the 16th annual Starry Nights Festival Saturday, Sept. 15.
Ken Drummond engages the audience as Albert Einstein.
Participants get hands-on with a small orrery.
Solar 'scoping at Starry Nights.
Dr. David Levy greets Ken Drummond, in costume as Edwin Hubble.
During the twilight reception buffet, Robbie Robb and his band provides the instrumental repast.
Dr. Stephenie Slahor is a meteor enthusiast, wearing a meteorite necklace.
Ken Drummond, playing Galileo, gets audience members to help him illustrate his discoveries about earth-sun distances.
Techies from the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers and Los Angeles City College set up a truss telescope for star-party fun.
Before the festival doors open, Hi-Desert Nature Museum educator Crystal Mason gives a Science Saturday presentation on astronomy at the museum.
Bob Lenwell of Twentynine Palms accepts the telescope he won in a door prize drawing from festival coordinator Stefanie Ritter of the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.
Tim Hunter, left, founded the International Dark Sky Association and Tom O'Key, right, is a member of the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers.
The Starry Nights Festival features an all-star lineup. From left are comet hunter David Levy, International Dark Sky Association founder Tim Hunter, discoverer of 197 supernovae Jean Mueller, solar scientist John Varsik and eclipse chaser Dennis Mammana.