Supermoon observation in Shenandoah National Park
August 23, 2015 - Supermoon
Published Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, 6:10 am
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Have we ever seen a supermoon? A supermoon appears to be a small incomparable and brighter than other full moons as it nears perigee, a closest circuit to Earth. On Saturday, Aug 29, Shenandoah National Park is hosting a supermoon observation during a tip of a top arise in a Park, Hawksbill Mountain, betterment 4,050 feet.
Rangers will be stationed along a Upper Hawksbill Trail (mile 46.7 on Skyline Drive) and during a limit to assistance visitors suffer this special event. To strengthen frail resources, assemblage is singular to 100 participants. Many other spots in a Park are also glorious places to perspective a supermoon, such as east-facing overlooks along Skyline Drive and Big Meadows (mile 51).
Sign-ups for a Hawksbill supermoon observation eventuality will start on Monday, Aug 24, during 9:00 a.m. Please call Byrd Visitor Center during 540-999-3500 ext. 3283 to make your reservation. Parking for a eventuality is during a Upper Hawksbill parking lot (mile 46.7). Hiking stretch is only over dual miles (one mile any way), out and behind on a same trail. The betterment benefit from a parking lot to a limit is approximately 520 feet. Parking spaces are singular and carpooling is recommended.
A Ranger will be stationed during a Upper Hawksbill Parking area during 7:00 p.m. to check participants in before they skip for a approximately 30-minute travel to a summit. The moon will arise as a object sets during around 7:45 p.m. Rangers will be stationed along a route and during a limit from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. If a continue is clear, there will be views of a Shenandoah Valley to a west and Old Rag Mountain and a Virginia Piedmont to a northeast, as good as a night sky and a big, splendid moon. The travel will go on in light sleet and even if a sky is overcast. It will be canceled if there is hazard of a thunderstorm.
Come prepared to travel in any weather, with layers of wardrobe for cold towering nights. Wear stout shoes, and move H2O and a flashlight.
There is no price for a hike, though participants contingency register previously by job a caller center. There is a $20 per-vehicle opening price to Shenandoah National Park, that is good for 7 days.