Lake City is well suited for great stargazing opportunities. On a clear night, one can marvel at the moon, planets, constellations, and other spectacular phenomena of our universe. Certainly, a good set of binoculars or telescope will enhance your “up close” viewing. One of the best astronomy activities in Lake City is absolutely free and requires nothing more than patience, the naked eye, and mostly clear sky conditions. That activity is watching for meteors. Although they last only seconds, meteors are always fun to watch as they streak across the sky. And, there are times a fireball (a very large meteor) may flash above. There will be an abundant variety of astronomical events in 2013. Here are some dates you should mark on your calendar:
Astronomical Event Calendar
- Jan 3 - Quadrantids meteor shower
- Mar 20 - Vernal equinox – Official start of spring!
- Apr 21 - Lyrid meteor shower
- Apr 28 - Saturn will be at its best for viewing tonight.
- May 5 - Eta Aquarids meteor shower
- May 28 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter with Mercury nearby
- June 21 - Summer Solstice – Official start of summer!
- July 28 - Delta Aquarids meteor shower
- Aug 3 - At dawn, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and the Moon are together
- Aug 12/13 - Perseid meteor shower – Public stargazing @ Windy Point
- on August 13
- Sep 22 - Autumnal equinox – Official start of fall!
- Oct 21 - Orionid meteor shower
- Nov 17 - Leonid meteor shower
- Dec 13 - Geminids meteor shower
- Dec 21 - Winter solstice – Official start of winter!
International Space Station Schedule
You can frequently see the Space Station go by overhead. Click here to see the schedule from NASA.
Protecting Dark Skies
For more information about preserving the night sky, visit the International Dark Sky Association.