On Friday, August 12, families here in Northern California can have a special opportunity to view this year’s Perseid meteor shower while hiking and camping out along Squaw Valley’s High camp (elevation 8200′).
The Perseids come every year beginning in late July and stretching into August. There is always a ‘best night’ to view the spectacular array of shooting stars and fireballs, and this year it is August 12, so Squaw Valley has prepared a special family campout and hike for the night.
Unfortunately, because of the full moon on August 13, the “best nights” this year — August 12, 13 — aren’t actually prime viewing this year (you can view the recommended nights on Space.com) but nevertheless, with school approaching this is a great end-of-summer event and to top it off, at Squaw Valley, Perseid meteor shower campers have the option of starting off the evening with a self-led sunset hike around Squaw Valley’s upper mountain peaks or eating dinner at the resort’s mountaintop café (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.
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.- Camper uploads (last upload at 8pm. Check in at the Cable Car ticket window)
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.- Dinner at the Poolside Café (optional, not included in price)
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.- Camp set up
6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.- Guided walk through the solar system (optional)
8 p.m.- Perseid Meteor Shower discussion and camping overview
10 p.m. to 5 a.m.- Camping and Perseid viewing
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.- Continental breakfast
5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.- Camp breakdown
8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m – Camper downloads
Adults (16 +): $75
Young Adults & Children (15 & under): $50
Price includes Cable Car, professional stargazing