The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is Set to Peak this Week. Here's How to See it in NorCal.
From May 4 – 6, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is set to peak, dazzling the night sky with up to 50 meteors an hour moving fast and producing long tails. This meteor shower is of medium brightness, meaning it will be much easier to see without man-made light pollution. There are so many places to watch this celestial event in Northern California. With Lava Beds National Monument being so rural in the upper portion of NorCal, it rarely sees any man-made light, making it one of the best places on the west coast for stargazing.
There are a few ways to get a glimpse of the starry night above Lava Beds National Monument. The best place to see any celestial event might be a nighttime hike to the top of Lassen Peak. If you can find a place around the lake to escape the city lights, there’s nothing like experiencing a starry night sky over Lake Tahoe. There are SO MANY places to see the meteor shower above Mount Shasta.
You’ll have a great view if you sit on the beach of Siskiyou Lake, watching the moon as it hovers above Mount Shasta with a reflection on the lake. We’ve documented the wonderful adventure of kayaking on Whiskeytown Lake during the full moon, and this occasion might prove to be an even better experience for a night on the water. Although Yosemite can become packed with visitors during the summer, there is plenty of room to enjoy a night sky. Take NorCal’s most beautiful landmark (and The Eighth Wonder of the World) and put a a meteor shower above it – enough said.
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