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Cruise to Back Creek for Perseid meteor shower

  • Saturday, August 13, 2022
  • Sunday, August 14, 2022
  • Back Creek


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Cruise to Back Creek August 13-14 with Mary Anne Greblunas and Misty Smith.  

Come sail with us to Back Creek and enjoy Mother Nature's show, the Perseids Meteor Shower. Our plan is to anchor in the vicinity of Goodwin Islands and red marker "10" (37°12.688'N 076°24.810'W).

Dingy Raft-Up at 5pm.

Please be sure to register on BBSA’s website, or by emailing Mary Anne Greblunas at Misty & Mary have created a special, "out of this world cocktail", to try at Happy Hour.  Please register, because we need to know how many are coming. If you are a maybe, please register, because there are other goodies as well. We also will be able to keep you updated, if there are any changes. Please bring your favorite libation, and appetizers to share which will be passed from dinghy to dinghy. We will also present a short talk about the stars and the Perseids Meteor Shower. See below for a chart of the location followed by little information about the Perseids Meteor Shower.

About The Perseids Meteor Shower

The Meteor Shower was wonderful in 2020. This year the Full Moon will be on Thursday. We have still seen some bright Meteors, even when the moon is bright.

In a dark sky, you may see up to 60 meteors per hour at the shower's peak. Meteor numbers increase after midnight, but there will be plenty to see before midnight! Be aware that the Perseid meteors will start to fly in mid-to-late evening from northerly latitudes. If fortune smiles upon you, the evening hours might offer you an earthgrazer - a looooong, slow, colorful meteor traveling horizontally across the evening sky. Earthgrazer meteors are rare but memorable. (We saw one in 2020!) Perseid earthgrazers appear before midnight, when the radiant point of the shower is close to the horizon. If you trace all the Perseid meteors backward, they all seem to come from the constellation Perseus, near the famous Double Cluster. Hence, the meteor shower is named in honor of the constellation Perseus the Hero. In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danaë. It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danaë, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold.

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