When Sat Apr 22 7pm — 6am
Where Offsite (See Event Description)
What Potluck, camping under the stars, and Lyrids Meteor Shower
Host Dwight Spencer


  • Cost: Free

Cancellations for this event must be made before April 19, 2017 — 7:00pm.

Registration for the event is closed.

About this Event

First outing of the Astronomy SIG.

We'll be meeting up at the makerspace then heading out to Cooper Lake to catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower doing it peak.

The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The crescent moon should not be too much of a problem this year. Skies should still be dark enough for a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

We'll also be having a pot luck and a small contest for best photos as we camp out under the stars.

Please bring your telescopes, camping equipment and something for the Potluck. DMS registration is free, but that we'll be sharing the cost of the camping site.

Children over the age of eight are welcome with parental supervision.

Special Considerations and Warnings

Be sure to have your own camping bag, wear appropriate attire and have fun.