2012 Perseid Meteor Shower Party at Brandy Creek Beach
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, will be holding a special star party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday, August 11, 2012. These very knowledgeable and passionate amateur astronomers will be displaying meteorites and providing powerful telescopes to view what is often considered the most brilliant meteor shower of the year.
The event will commence shortly after sunset at Brandy Creek parking lot B. The lights will be turned off to minimize light pollution and the beach will remain open from 8 pm- late. Visitors are encouraged to bring lounge chairs, beach towels, food, drinks and extra clothing for the nighttime star party. A day use fee parking pass is required.
Please note: All telescopes are privately owned and only available through the generosity of individuals from the Shasta Astronomy Club who are sharing their resource, expertise and time. Visitors should always practice proper telescope etiquette by being patient, polite and never touch or look through an eyepiece without the telescope operators' permission.
Call Park Ranger Robert Gutierrez at (530) 242-3454 for more information about this special event.
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.