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Celebrate Perseid Meteor Shower At Valles Caldera

on August 7, 2017 - 11:07am

Perseid meteor shower. Courtesy/SPACE.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will celebrate the height of the Perseid meteor shower with a star party Saturday, Aug. 12. The preserve’s main gate will reopen 8-11 p.m. for this free event.

The star party will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and volunteers will provide short talks and telescopes for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal telescopes, blankets, and chairs for their stargazing pleasure. Visitors of all ages are also welcome to go for short walks near the event, experiment with night photography, and enjoy the night sounds of the Valle Grande.

“This is one of the best places in northern New Mexico to enjoy the night sky, and a perfect location to observe shooting stars crossing overhead without obstructions,” Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. 

Although light-use should be limited as much as possible, visitors are encouraged to come prepared with a red-tinted light source. Visitors also should dress in layers, as nighttime temperatures regularly drop to 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

As weather cannot be predicted this far in advance, visitors are advised to come prepared for all conditions. Any event cancellations or early closings will be posted through alerts on the preserve’s website www.nps.gov/vall and on Facebook www.facebook.com/VallesCaldera.

About Valles Caldera National Preserve

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the approximately 13-mile wide circular depression now known as Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history. Visit www.nps.gov/vall.

About the National Park Service

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