Squaw to host campout for Perseid Meteor Shower | SierraSun.com

Squaw to host campout for Perseid Meteor Shower

Keoki Flagg/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comAstronomers and big telescopes will highlight the Perseid Meteor Shower Campout at Squaw Valley's High Camp.
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SQUAW VALLEY USA , Calif. and#8212;-On Friday, Aug. 12, friends and families may camp under the stars and watch the night sky light up at the best viewing location in Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA’s High Camp, el. 8,200.’

The Perseids come every year beginning in late July and stretching into August. Among the many nights of the shower, there is always the one night that the viewing of the shower is at its best. This year, that evening falls on Friday, Aug. 12. On this night, sky watchers can witness colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and long hours of gracefully streaking meteors.

Perseid Meteor Shower campers may upload the Cable Car between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Upon arriving, start off the evening with a self-led sunset hike around Squaw Valley’s upper mountain peaks or eat dinner at the resort’s mountaintop cafe (not included in price). Following, there will be an informational briefing on telescopes as well as campfire activities, with meteor shower viewing beginning at 10 p.m. In the morning campers will enjoy a continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. before downloading the Cable Car.

Reservations for the Perseid Meteor Shower Campout are required and this event does sell out. Registrants will receive a detailed information packet along with confirmation. Those interested in more information or in making reservations can call 530-583-6985. Cost is adults 16 plus $75, young adults and children 15 and under $50. Price includes Cable Car and professional stargazing.

For great summer lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit http://www.squaw.com.

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