Night on Wabatongushi Lake is like the dessert at the end of a great day of fishing, wildlife viewing or just relaxing at our wilderness vacation resort. Our night skies are really beautiful. There are so many stars that the constellations are difficult to pick out. The Milky Way is like a cloud over our heads. We are still a few years from the 11 year peak in Northern Lights displays starting in 2012 but on many of our clear, moonless nights we also see very spectacular northern lights.
Here are some of the celestial events we expect to see this summer from the point out in front of our resort. We sometimes have a small fire on the point to keep warm and we have a fairly good Meade telescope which we would be happy to share if you don’t have your own.
June 21 – Occultation of Antares. Late in the evening, the waxing gibbous moon will pass in front of the bright red star Antares, in the constellation Scorpius.
May 24 – New Moon
June 7 – Full Moon
June 22 – New Moon
June 21 – Summer Solstice and longest day of the year.
July 7 – Full Moon
July 7 – Lunar Eclipse. Should be viewable at moon set about 5:30-6:00 am
July 22 – New Moon
July 28, 29 – Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids usually produce about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will peak this year on July 28 & 29, but meteors can usually be seen from July 18 – August 18. The near first quarter moon will set early, providing an excellent viewing experience after midnight. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.
August 6 – Full Moon
August 6 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Should be viewable at Moonrise about 9:00 pm.
August 10 – September 4 – Saturn Without Rings. The rings of the planet Saturn will be tilted edge-on to the Earth, making them impossible to see. Viewing Saturn with a telescope will reveal the planet without its famous rings. This rare phenomenon only occurs every 14 to 15 years.
August 12, 13 – Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. This year’s peak occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 – August 22. The waxing gibbous moon will provide some interference in the evening, but after it sets, the morning hours should provide some spectacular viewing opportunities. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Look to the northeast after midnight.
August 14 – Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.
August 17 – Neptune at Opposition. The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Neptune, although it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
August 20 – New Moon
September 2 – 3 – Jupiter Without Moons. The planet Jupiter can usually be seen with all or some of its four largest moons in binoculars and small telescopes. It is very rare for it to be seen otherwise. But late on this night in most of the Western Hemisphere, the planet will be visible with no moons for nearly two hours.
September 4 – Full Moon
September 17- Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Uranus, although it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
September 18 – New Moon
See you this summer among the stars