Night Skies

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:

night skies lake city2017 Astronomical Event Calendar

  • Jan 3/4 – Quadrantids meteor shower
  • Jan 12 – Full Moon Jan 12 – Venus bright in the evening western sky
  • January 19 – Good chance to see Mercury in west at dusk
  • January 28 – New Moon
  • February 11 – Full Moon
  • February 26 – New Moon
  • March 12 – Full Moon
  • March 20 – Spring Equinox
  • March 28 – New Moon
  • April 7 – Jupiter at opposition
  • April 11 – Full Moon
  • April 22,23 – Lyrids meteor shower
  • April 26 – New Moon
  • May 6,7 – Eta Aquarids meteor shower
  • May 10 – Full Moon
  • May 25 – New Moon
  • June 3 – Venus high in the morning eastern sky
  • June 9 – Full Moon
  • June 15 – Saturn at opposition 
  • June 21 – Summer Solstice
  • June 24 – New Moon
  • July 9 – Full Moon
  • July 23 – New Moon
  • July 28, 29 – Delta Aquarids meteor shower
  • August 7 – Full Moon
  • August 7 – Partial lunar eclipse
  • August 12, 13 – Perseids meteor shower August 21 – Total Solar Eclipse (Partial eclipse visible in Colorado)
  • September 6 – Full Moon
  • September 20 – New Moon
  • September 22 – Autumnal Equinox

    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.

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