Up in the thinner air of the Sierra Nevada away from the light pollution of the city, the Perseid Meteor Shower puts on a show worth watching!
Every year from late July through much of August, our planet crosses the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Tiny bits of debris, mostly about the size of a grain of sand, left behind by the comet enter the atmosphere and burn up as meteors or shooting stars as they are often known. When the Perseids are at their peak, you can see as many as 90 meteors per hour. This show peaks each year between August 9 and August 14.
For this tour, you will board a bus at Tenaya Lodge and be taken to Glacier Point accompanied by an expert astronomer who will be your guide for the night. In the thin, clear air at 7,200 feet far from the lights of the city, you will have a great seat at the celestial show. At the end of the night, our drivers will return you to the hotel while you relax or sleep on the bus.
Stay tuned for information about the 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Event!
Note that in 2019, the moon will be near full during the peak of the meteor shower, meaning the moon will be beautiful, but astronomers are predicting 10-15 meteors per hour rather than the 60-100 seen during a darker year. For general information about the 2019, see the Space.com page.
Did you know?
Did you know that those bright streaks in the sky are caused by particles typically the size of a grain of sand (sometimes up to the size of a marble), traveling at 133,200mph (60 km/sec) relative to the earth, according to Space.com.