Squaw to host Perseid Meteor Shower campout
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Families camp under the stars to watch the night sky light up at a fantastic viewing location: Squaw Valley USAs High Camp, el. 8200and#8217;, Thursday, Aug. 12.
The Perseids streak through the sky beginning in late July and stretch 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 Thursday, Aug. 12. Sky watchers can witness colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and long hours of gracefully shooting meteors.
Perseid Meteor Shower campers will upload the Cable Car between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Upon arriving at High Camp, guests have the option of starting off the evening with a sunset hike around Squaw Valleyand#8217;s upper mountain peaks or eating dinner at the mountaintop cafe (not included in price). Following, there will be an informational briefing on telescopes as well as campfire activities and at 10 p.m., the meteor shower viewing will begin!
In the morning, 7-8 a.m., campers will enjoy a continental breakfast 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 (800) 545-4350 or visit http://www.squaw.com.
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Price: Adults (16 years and older) $72; young adults and children (15 and under) $48. Includes: Professional stargazers on site to assist guests with questions about meteor shower, viewing telescopes, campsite, High Camp evening activities (ice skating and swimming) and continental breakfast.
Time: 5- 8:40 p.m. Guest arrival. Check in. Tent setup; 7-8 p.m. mountaintop dinner (optional – not included in price); 9:40-7 a.m. camping; 10 p.m. meteor shower viewing; 7- 8 a.m. continental breakfast; 8-9:20 a.m. cable car downloads.