Who: Saint-Gaudens NHS and Dr. Kevin Hainline, Ph.D. in Astronomy, black-hole researcher at Dartmouth
What: Perseid Meteor Shower and Star Gazing Party
When: Friday, August 14, 8:30 P.M.. - 10 P.M.
Where: Meet at SGNHS Visitor Center, night-sky presentation and stargazing at Blow-Me-Down Farm
Update, August 13:
Friday night's stargazing forecast is "Partly Cloudy" with a hopeful window of mostly clear skies between 9:00 and 10:00 pm. Thus, we WILL have our Perseid Meteor Shower and Stargazing Party Friday night,8/14 at 8:30 pm, as planned. We will keep our fingers crossed that this cloud system passes through quickly!
If you are traveling a long distance, we recommend that you look up at the sky before you travel too far! We will hope for the best, but for better or worse, the celestial heavens are just one of those things we cannot control.
Feel free to stop by, talk to an astronomer, we will have some alternative outdoor activities and hopefully we'll catch a falling star!
Meet us at the Saint-Gaudens Visitor Center at 8:30 pm, we will caravan to Blow-Me-Down Farm around 8:45 (each will take own car).
The Perseid Meteor Showers are an exciting opportunity to see what happens when the Earth plows through the debris left in space by the passage of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet, which traces a 133 year orbit through the solar system, leaves a debris trail composed of individual particles (many of which have been part of the cloud for a thousand years!) that fall through the Earth's atmosphere and light up, forming a beautiful meteor.
This year, the Perseids will be peaking right around the time of a new moon, affording ideal observing conditions in the calm New England summer for watching these glorious objects arc across the sky. Come learn about comets, meteors, the gorgeous summer constellations, and how to use a sky map. Bring snacks, chairs, blankets, and even your DSLR camera and a tripod for some great nighttime photography! Hopefully you can catch a falling star.
Park at Saint-Gaudens parking lot and meet at the Saint-Gaudens Visitor Center at 8:30 pm for restrooms, skymap distribution, and orientation. At 8:45, each guest will caravan in their to Blow-Me-Down Farm for Night Sky Presentation from Dr. Kevin Hainline, Ph.D. in Astronomy and black hole researcher at Dartmouth. The cloud date will be Saturday, August 15, notice will be given by Thursday, August 13th at 4pm.
We are not asking for RSVPs for this event, but if you would like to be on the call-list in case of a cloud date, please send your name preferred method of contact (email or phone) toe-mail us. Otherwise, check our website www.nps.gov/saga or our facebook page www.facebook.com/saintgaudensnps.
Or call the park at 603 675-2175