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Self-guided Stargazing

Ursids meteor shower

Saturday, December 24 take a self-guided tour of the night sky hoping to catch a meteor from the Ursid meteor shower. Stop by the after hours kiosk at Headquarters to pick up an informational flyer about the shower. 

Use the following tips to locate the shower and enjoy the rest of the night sky. 

6 tips for meteor watchers:
1. The most important thing, if you’re serious about watching meteors, is a dark, open sky.
2. Watch at the peak time of night, around 2 a.m. (or later) for all parts of the globe.
3. When you’re meteor-watching, it’s good to bring along a buddy. Then, two of you can watch in different directions. When someone sees one, call out, “Meteor!” This technique will let you see more meteors than one person watching alone will see.
4. Be sure to give yourself at least an hour of observing time. It takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark.
5. Be aware that meteors often come in spurts, interspersed with lulls.
6. Special equipment? None needed. Maybe bring a sleeping bag to keep warm. A thermos with a warm drink, and a snack, is always welcome. Plan to sprawl back in a hammock, lawn chair, or blanket on the ground. Lie back in comfort and look upward. The meteors will appear in all parts of the sky.