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Astronomy Requirements

Vanguard Prep has teamed up with the High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS) to provide hands-on astronomy viewing. Several times a month HiDAS provides public viewings of the night sky. Every student is required to attend one viewing during their 8th grade year.
Print out the atached form (HiDAS Viewing Event Form), write down what you observed, and have a HiDAS member sign at the bottom.
Extra viewings will count towards extra credit.
Visit HiDAS Event Calendar to verify time and location. Times will vary by date. Good astronomical viewing takes place at night.
Visit HiDAS Directions to check locations.
Field Notes

Lewis Center Viewing

Lewis Center at Thunderbird Campus

Address: 20702 Thunderbird Road
Apple Valley, CA

Enter parking lot from Wicita Road. Turn west into a side street between Thunderbird Park and Mojave Mesa Campus (Phoenix Academy Elementary Campus). Drive past the parent pick-up turn-around and park next to the Lewis Center Thunderbird Campus.

The lot is small so be careful with your headlights.


Barnes & Noble Viewing

Barnes and Noble at The Mall of Victor Valley

Address: 14400 Bear Valley Road, Victorville, CA 92392

The telescopes are set up at the parking lot entrance.


VVC Planetarium

Victor Valley College

Address: 18422 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 245-4271

Doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

General admission - $4.00
Students (any school, any age) - $2.50
Seniors (55 and older) - $2.50

The VVC Planetarium is located at the end of the Science Building 31 - Room 30B. Park in Lot 2.

Campus Map

VVC Planetarium


Johnson Road Star Party

Address: Johnson Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307

From Hwy 18 turn North on Central Road. Travel several miles until you reach Johnson Road, which is the street the Wal-Mart Distribution Center is located. Turn right on Johnson Road and travel 1.9 miles then pull into the giant clearing on the right hand side of the road.