Celestial Delights in the White Mountains
Have you taken a moment to look up at the sky while you’ve been in the White Mountains? On a clear night, somewhere where there aren’t any lights, (possibly from one of the Kancamagus Overlooks, from the summit of a mountain, or maybe from your campsite) you will get a spectacular view of millions of glittering stars, bright planets and you might be lucky enough to see the Milky Way, or the Northern Lights!
August is a hot bed of celestial activity and we want to make sure you know what’s going on so you can make the most out of your celestial sojourn.
If you’ll be journeying up the White Mountains this weekend, stop in at the AMC Highland Center on Saturday evening, August 12, to hear a presentation by Dr. Douglas Arion, Director of Carthage Institute of Astronomy. Following the presentation, you’ll have the chance to witness the Perseid Meteor Shower using one of the telescopes that will be provided. How does seeing 80 meteors per hour sound?
The White Mountains will be fortunate enough to witness a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 between 1:00pm-4:00pm and there are several attractions getting in on the solar activity. Polar Caves Park in Rumney is offering a package where you can watch the solar eclipse from the top of Raven’s Roost. The package includes a trip through Polar Caves, a pair of eclipse glasses, a drink, and bag of popcorn. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will be hosting staff from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, who will guide visitors in safely viewing the eclipse. There will also be activities and information on why eclipses happen. Cost for event is included with trail admission. For those looking to watch the eclipse from the water, one can board the M/S Mount Washington and view the eclipse from the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
Take some time while you’re in the White Mountains to look up and witness the wonder of the skies. You won’t be disappointed.