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Pre-dawn Peak of Leonid Meteor Shower + Stargazing Hike at Mason Mill Park
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near Clairmont Rd & I-85|
|Date(s) & Time:||Tue, Nov 17 2020 4:30 am >> Tue, Nov 17 2020 6:30 am|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Nov 16 2020 7:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Tue, Nov 17 2020 1:00 am|
|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:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
IN a NUTSHELL: Calling fellow skygazing enthusiasts who don't mind occasionally being early risers! We intend to enjoy the famous Leonid Meteor Shower, and for sure we can get in a scenic pre-dawn "stargazing night hike."
MEETUP SPOT and EVENT "TIMETABLE": We'll gather a few minutes before 4:30 AM in Mason Mill Park's free parking lot—by the stone restroom building. See Directions below. (NOTE: The park restrooms have normally been been kept locked during the months since the pandemic began, so please take this into account before you arrive. On recent Mason Mill events we've found it easy to observe the CDC's Covid-19 guidelines regarding safe social distancing, etc.) After introductions it's just a 3- or 4-minute walk via the "PATH" trail to a high boardwalk with a wooden deck. We'll regroup there and depending on the amount of cloud cover can "skygaze" for meteors, stars and planets - see more details below. At an appropriate time during the event we'll enjoy a leisurely paced Hike on the PATH Trail and may include a couple of scenic creekside loops beside the Our total hiking distance will be no more than 2 miles. Our target time for concluding the event is 6:30 AM, but anyone is welcome to "split" at any time provided you let us know you're doing so. It's easy to get back to our cars.
MORE about the LEONIDS and other METEOR SHOWERS: During the 3rd week of November each year we have a very reliable "meteor shower" called the Leonids. From the high deck discussed above, we're likely to see several bright meteors as we've enjoyed on several other past viewing sessions at Mason Mill. For spotting meteors it's best just to relax supine on a beach towel or pad and stare upward with our naked eyes. I can use my green laser pointer to point out other cool celestial objects including the meteors' "radiant" (apparent origin point) in the constellation Leo, which is high overhead during pre-dawn viewing in GA each November.
FOR MORE about the LEONID METEOR SHOWER click this link: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-leonid-meteor-shower
ABOUT the PARKS & TRAILS: Mason Mill and Medlock are two adjoining DeKalb County parks just east of Clairmont Road that are conveniently connected via a network of scenic shady hiking/biking trails and boardwalks. The mile-long South Peachtree Creek Trail is the main trail that links them, and like the "Silver Comet" was designed and built to the high standards of the "PATH Foundation." It features a half-mile-long raised wooden deck through the forest canopy above the creek. Another portion of this trail is an amazing high wooden walkway and deck that cross the railroad tracks and give hikers nice views of ruins of the early-20th-Century "Decatur Waterworks." Since 2017 the PATH foundation has also built and opened two more "double-wide spur connector" trails from the heart of Mason Mill Park. One extends ~1/2 mile northward to North Druid Hills Road and the other ~1/2 mile southward to Emory University's fine trail network. We AOCers have enjoyed using them often in many of our Mason Mill hikes. There are also several miles of smaller wooded trails in the vicinity that are fun to explore along the various creek banks, hills and old ruins.
FOR an interactive COLOR MAP of the SOUTH PEACHTREE CREEK TRAIL and its Mason Mill / Emory U. vicinity, click this link: https://maps.pathfoundation.org/trails/south-peachtree-creek-trail/
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS from the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA:
1. From the I-85 "Clairmont" exit (Exit #91) take Clairmont Road southward (toward Decatur) 2.3 miles to the traffic light at McConnell Drive. (This is the first light south of the much busier junction and light at North Druid Hills Road).
2. Turn Left onto McConnell Drive, go 0.1 mile ahead and turn Right at the stop sign to stay on McConnell (following signs toward Mason Mill Park and DeKalb Tennis Center).
For a Map or Zoomable Satellite View of this Meetup Spot click the square blue & green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article.
GPS or GOOGLE.com/maps USERS: You can augment the above directions by entering as your Destination either of the following for the Mason Mill Park parking lot spot where we gather:
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