Perseids Overnight Star Party
Registration for tonight’s Star Party is now closed. The next Star Party will be in October. Be sure and check back for details!
After the success of our Delta Aquarids Star Party, we are looking forward to our next stargazing adventure! We listened to suggestions from the attendees and are extending this Star Party through the whole night! On Saturday August 10, we will meet out at the Alta Fish River property, located off of County Road 33, to watch the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseid shower is one of the most well-known meteor showers, with upwards of 80 meteors an hour during the peak times! The optimal viewing hours are usually the last few hours before dawn. In order to accommodate that, we will be hosting the viewing party from 10 pm to 6am the morning of August 11th. Attendees are encouraged to bring sleeping bags and get comfy. Catch a few hours of sleep and then wake up before the sun to see the most meteors (peak hours are 3 am to sunrise). At sunrise, the Foundation will provide coffee and donuts to get the day started. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and nonalcoholic drinks. Pre-registration is mandatory for this event and is limited to 40 attendees. Gates will close at midnight and will not open again until 6 am, except for emergencies. The event is not suitable for pets and there is moderate walking from the parking area to the viewing site. The Star Parties are free for current Weeks Bay Foundation members. There is a $20 fee for non-members.
Camping out, even close to home, requires a little more planning. Please take a look at the tips below to have a great time at the Perseids Star Party.
Get Comfy! Bring your sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and a tent if you want. Make sure you feel comfortable setting up whatever you bring in the dark, or with limited light. Also, if you bring an air mattress, make sure it does not need to be plugged in to work.
Don’t Do the Dew We all know it can be hot out, but overnight it can also be a bit wet. Even if we have clear skies there is often heavy dew overnight that can get blankets and sleeping bags wet and make things uncomfortable. A tarp over your blankets can help block the moisture.
Nature Calls We will have one portable toilet at the event. It is about a 5 minute walk from the viewing area.
Buggin Out Yep, there will be bugs. Usually they tend to die down later in the evening, but it is good to be prepared with some spray and long layers.
Over the course of the year, we will offer more opportunities to come out and watch the most active meteor showers of 2019.
October 21 or 22 – Orionids (date TBD)
December 13 or 14 – Geminids (date TBD)