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Rare Venus-Jupiter Conjunction + Night Hike at Mason Mill Park
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near Clairmont Rd & I-85|
|Date(s) & Time:||Mon, Jun 29 2015 8:00 pm >> Mon, Jun 29 2015 10:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sat, Jun 27 2015 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Mon, Jun 29 2015 5:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D1: Easy|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||15|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||27 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
SPECIAL NOTE: The evening sky graphic above depicts the "looping" sequence of positions of Venus from March thru August, 2015, as viewed about 30 minutes after sunset looking west. The collage also shows the range of apparent shapes of Venus (as viewed through a telescope) which can range from a thin crescent to almost a full circle. Like the Moon, Venus goes through phases due to the varying angle at which sunlight hits it as viewed from Earth. The vastly larger planet Jupiter is visible now quite near Venus - about 565 million miles from Earth, while Venus is only about 50 million miles away. This is why Jupiter appears to be the dimmer of the two
Bring your well-behaved dog if you like, but please make sure that he or she is leashed and under your control at all times.
ABOUT the PARKS & TRAILS: Mason Mill and Medlock are two pretty DeKalb County parks located just east of Clairmont Road near Emory University and the VA Hospital. They conveniently connect with one another via a network of hiking/biking paths and boardwalks. The mile-long South Peachtree Creek Trail is the main trail through this shady corridor, and like the better known Silver Comet Trail it was designed and built to the high standards of the "PATH Foundation." The trail features a half-mile-long raised deck through the forest canopy above the rocky creek. Another exciting portion of this trail takes us over the railroad track via a 3-stories-high wooden walkway and deck. Hikers are treated here to aerial views of the restored ruins of the early-20th-Century Decatur Waterworks, and the high deck is also a great spot for viewing sunsets, the moon, stars & planets, comets and meteor showers.
FOR a COLOR MAP of SOUTH PEACHTREE CREEK TRAIL and its interconnecting DeKalb County parks (Mason Mill, Medlock, Ira Melton & Clyde Shepherd) click on this link: http://pathfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/south-peachtree-creek-trail.pdf
|How to Get There:|
FROM the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA to our MASON MILL PARK Meetup Spot: (For a zoomable color MAP and satellite view of this spot and its vicinity click on the square blue & green "Event Location" near the top of this article.)
1. From the I-85 "Clairmont Road" Exit (Exit #91) in NE Atlanta take Clairmont Rd southward (toward Decatur) about 2.3 miles to the traffic light at McConnell Drive. (This is the next light south of the big Clairmont/ North Druid Hills intersection. If you reach the huge VA Hospital you've gone a couple of blocks too far!)
LAT/LON COORDINATES of the Mason Mill Park spot where we'll meet: (You GPS or Google.com/maps users may wish to augment my above verbal directions by entering these map coordinates as your destination address.)
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