Marvel during a night sky from Artist Point
June 13, 2015 - Supermoon
Whatcom County has copiousness of places divided from splendid city lights to watch astronomical events, though a steadfastly pale skies mostly defect when it comes time to see a “supermoon” or an obscure of any sort.
Our stately summers, however, most safeguard a transparent perspective of a heavens.
There’s no improved place to contemplate a night sky than from a area nearby Artist Point during a easterly finish of Mount Baker Highway. It’s a rise between Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker that offers a 360-degree perspective of a North Cascades. At night, it’s so dim that a home universe — a Milky Way, consisting of some-more than 200 billion stars — is clearly manifest to a exposed eye.
Weather permitting, members of a Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers move their telescopes to Artist Point for open observation in a summer and to Boulevard Park during several times around a re year.
If it’s clear, Saturday night star parties are set for Artist Point during 9 p.m. Jun 20, Jul 11, Jul 18, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. For a annual Perseid meteor showers, star parties are designed for Table Mountain, permitted around a brief though high trail, a evenings of Aug. 11-15.
“They’ll be watching a heavens if we will: Stars, galaxies, nebulae,” pronounced WACO’s Kevin Mayock. “You’d be astounded during a series of people adult there.”
If we go, check a continue foresee and a WACO website beforehand. Bring a shawl and an additional coupler — and maybe even some gloves, Mayok said.
“I’d advise sauce warmly,” he said. “It’s a center of summer, though it gets flattering cold adult there.”
Summer astronomical sights
July 1: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, low on a western setting during eve (watch starting in Jun as a dual planets seem to tango in a western sky).
July 28, 29: Peak observation for the Delta Aquarids meteor showering viewing reduction fantastic this year since of scarcely full moon.
Aug. 12, 13: Peak observation for a Perseid meteor shower, that mostly produces one meteor a minute.
Aug. 29: Supermoon.
Sept. 28: Total lunar eclipse; a “supermoon” will be in obscure when it rises for viewers on a West Coast.
▪ Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers: whatcomastronomy.org
▪ pa.msu.edu/abrams, Abrams Planetarium during Michigan State University: Subscribe to a rarely regarded Sky Calendar for $12 a year.
▪ spotthestation.nasa.gov to find how to see a International Space Station as it soars overhead; click on “location lookup” for a list of manifest passes. If we have a smartphone, demeanour in a app store for ISS Spotter.
Getting to Artist Point: From Bellingham, take Mount Baker Highway easterly to where a highway ends. Parking requires a $5 day pass or a anniversary Northwest Forest Pass, accessible from a Glacier Public Service Center, a ranger hire on Mount Baker Highway only easterly of Glacier. There’s a kiosk to use a credit or withdraw label to obtain a pass when a ranger hire is closed.