The following events are coming up in and around our lake:
- May 25, 2019: Christie Lake Association Annual Meeting
- July 4, 2019: Holiday Boat Parade
Decorate your boat and/or yourselves and leave from your dock at 2pm. The parade will form as we all move in a counter clockwise direction (at slow, no-wake speeds, of course). Join in at any point and enjoy a full lap around the lake to admire the costumes and decorations.Following the parade, those who wish to participate in a water toss competition can remain in the center of the lake for the "battle". To be environmentally friendly please consider competing with soaker guns or buckets of water and using only bio-degradable balloons.
- 2019 Astronomical Events
January 3-4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower (40/hr, best after midnight, from Bootes, but the full moon won't be kind this year)
January 20-21: Total Lunar Eclipse
March 21: Catch the last Supermoon of 2019, with the moon at its closest at 8:43pm.
April 22-23: Lyrids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Lyra. The moon will be bright, limiting viewing.)
May 6-7: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower (30/hr from Halley's Comet, best after midnight, from Aquarius. Dark skies this year, so open up your lake house this weekend and catch an extra sky show!)
June 10: Jupiter at Opposition: The planet will be fully illuminated, and it will be a great time to photograph the planet and the 4 largest moons, with decent binoculars. Get out your telescope for even better views! It will be bright and visible all night long.
July 9: Saturn at Opposition: Like Jupiter noted above, check out Saturn and is beautiful rings all night long.
July 28-29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Aquarius, but the waning crescent moon means good viewing.)
August 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower (60/hr, best after midnight, from Perseus. The full moon won't be kind, but you'll still see some brighter meteors while you're out by the bonfire.)
October 8: Draconids Meteor Shower (10/hr, best in early evening (which is unusual for showers), from Draco. The moon sets by midnight, so you should have a good show while closing up your lake house!)
October 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Orion -- but the quarter moon hurts viewing.)
November 5-6: Taurids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Taurus (look for the red "eye") and the setting quarter moon will get out of your way by midnight.)
November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower (15/hr, best after midnight, from Leo -- but another quarter moon won't help.)
November 24: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter (Look for two bright objects in the west just after sunset!)
December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower (120/hr, best after midnight, from Gemini -- a full moon may block out the multi-colored meteors.)
December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Ursa Minor -- a slim crescent won't cause much problem, but the cold weather might!)
Get more details about each of these events from this Astronomy Calendar.
In preparation for these heavenly shows, please turn off or dim your lighting, especially the large outdoor lights that light up the entire lake. Better yet, consider boxing your exterior lights! See the International Dark-Sky Association's web site for information and for suggestions on replacing your lighting with fixtures that provide light but still preserve the darkness for others.