Travel far away from those annoying city lights to view these meteor showers under the pristine dark skies of Kitt Peak, YOUR National Observatory! Festivities begin late and stretch into the wee hours of the morning as we observe some of Nature’s most spectacular cosmic shows. Learn about meteors, comets, meteor showers, and touch an actual piece of an asteroid. Refreshments will be provided.
Adults and families with children 8 years or above are encouraged to attend.
DATES FOR 2016:
Thursday, May 5th
If you missed seeing Halley’s Comet back in 1986, and don’t know if you’ll be here in 2061 to see it when it comes back around the Sun, you’ll get a chance at it tonight!The meteor shower known as the Eta Aquarids is caused by debris thrown off by Halley’s Comet, which continues to orbit the Sun in more or less the same orbitas the comet’s nucleus. And the spring night for this shower’s peak should be a bit warmer than our chilly winter meteor showers.
Friday, July 29th
Would you believe three meteor showers all peaking at right about the same date? This is what we will have on a nice, warm summer night this year. Although these showers do not have high Zenith Hourly Rates (ZHR) individually, taken together we should get a plethora of meteors. And we’ll have an opportunity to count meteors from three separate radiants at the same time.
Friday, August 12th
One of the best known and best producing meteor showers of the year, the Perseid shower can have Zenith Hourly Rates of up to 100 meteors per hour. It’s steadfast and reliable. And coming on an evening in August, we shouldn’t be as cold as we would be if this were a meteor shower in December.
10 PM - 3 AM
(Yes folks… we’re staying up LATE! But return shuttles to the parking area will run at 1:00 AM and 2:00 AM as well.)
The Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Park in picnic area, 1 mile below the summit.
Kids (ages 8-16) $25
Kitt Peak Members receive a $5 discount
Tohono O'odham Tribal Members Free
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
You may cancel at any time up to 48 hours prior to the program date without any penalty. A $20 per person cancellation fee will be charged for those who cancel less than 48 hours prior to the program date. If we are forced to cancel the program ourselves, you will not be charged anything.
On the day of the program we will make a “weather call” and determine if the program will proceed as scheduled or not. Assuming the weather cooperates, the per-person fee will be charged automatically at this time. You will receive a copy of your receipt at check-in time.
If a last-minute emergency or other situation comes up so that some or all of your group cannot make it, please let us know as soon as possible. It may save you money, and will allow us to fill the empty space with others from our waiting list.
Please register with our new online system, or
Call (520) 318-8726 to register.
Call (520) 318-8736 if you have any questions.
Or email the Program Coordinator at: email@example.com
(It’s easier to reach me via email than by phone.)
DRESS WARM! Hats gloves and layered clothing required!
Bring sleeping bags or blankets to lie on the ground if you wish. Lawn chairs are permitted as long as they are the “director’s chair” type that fold up small and fit into a tube-like sack.
Enjoy our snacks and refreshments.
PLEASE DO NOT:
Arrive before 9:00 PM.
Drive to the top of the mountain!
Parking will be provided at the picnic area and guests will be shuttled to the Visitor Center.
Bring weapons, alcohol, or pets.
Use cell phones, white lights, or green lasers while on the Mountain.
Smoke anywhere on Kitt Peak.
Image of Perseid Meteor above the road to Kitt Peak provided by Sean Parker. Used with permission. Copyright Sean Parker Photography, all rights reserved.