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SM Sunset, Blue Moon Rise, International Space Station, Meteor Shower, and Fireworks
|Event Location:||Stone Mountain Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Jul 31 2015 7:47 pm >> Fri, Jul 31 2015 9:47 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, Jul 21 2015 8:08 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Jul 31 2015 4:04 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||30|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||37 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Should the weather and the skies cooperate, we'll have an opportunity to pack in some great sights from the top of Stone Mountain on this evening. We should have a beautiful sunset which will land on the horizon just to the south of Kennesaw Mtn; a short time afterwards, we'll witness a Full Moon Rise to the east; a short time later the International Space Station will do it's fly-by; and very shortly after we should see, and feel the boom of, the fireworks from the beginning of the SM Laser Show. We may also get to see some shooting stars from the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower.
We will hike to the top of Stone Mountain and after arriving on the summit, we will get comfortable, socialize, and watch the sun set - it will come down on the horizon just south of Kennesaw Mountain. A few minutes later, we will move around to the east side of the summit and watch a full-moon rise. We will then move to another viewing location to hang out for a short period and watch the brightest man-made object in the sky wiz by for a whopping 6 minutes. And finally, just a few minutes after the ISS leaves our view, the fireworks for the SM Laser show will begin to explode right in front of us. You may want to bring along a set of binoculars for better viewing of the ISS and the full moon.
About the ISS.... Wiz by?... that's right... it's zippin' along at 17,200 miles per hour! Brightest man-made object in space? Yep... it's the brightest object in the sky next to the sun and moon! And if that's not enough to impress you, how about seeing $150 Billion speeding through space. Yeah, that's 150,000,000,000 bucks, and your American tax dollars contributed about $75,000,000,000 of that. How much does it weigh?... about 1 million lbs. Only 6 minutes?... well, it travels entirely around the earth over 15 times in a day, so 6 minutes is about as long of a view as we will ever get in one pass. How big is it?... about the size of a football field - including the end zones. Yes, since we contributed more than any other country, it's measured in football fields (per NASA)... not soccer fields. Alrighty... enough with the numbers... in laymans terms, it's big, it's fast, it's expensive, and it's cool.
Feel free to bring beverages and/or some snacks to enjoy while we're hanging out on top... it's meant to be a leisurely, sociable, enjoyable evening. If anyone wants to leave early, you're welcome to head back down whatever time you wish and if anyone wants to stay a little longer for the fireworks at the end of the laser show we can do that also.
The hike (yes, there is a hike) will begin from the Confederate Center at 7:47 PM. Sunset is at 8:37 PM, moonrise at 8:45 PM, the ISS will come into view at 9:20 PM, and there should be some fireworks at 9:30.
If you have a pair of binoculars you may want to bring them for an even better view of the ISS and the moon.
Please take the time to look at the park map and parking options in order to be on time!
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