The following events are coming up in and around our lake:
- May 23, 2020: Christie Lake Association Annual Meeting
- July 4, 2020: 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.
- 2020 Astronomical Events
January 3-4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower (40/hr, best after midnight, from Bootes, and the dark skies will be good this year)
January 10-21: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
February 10: Best View of Mercury! Catch the hottest planet just above the western horizon in the evening sky at sunset.
March 24: Best view of Mercury! If you're an early riser, catch it now in the Eastern sky, just before sunrise! On the same day, catch the best view of Venus in the Western sky after sunset.
April 22-23: Lyrids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Lyra. The moon will be new, offering great viewing.)
May 6-7: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower (30/hr from Halley's Comet, best after midnight, from Aquarius. Nearly full moon, though, so open up your lake house this weekend and catch the extra bright ones!)
July 5: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Another eclipse!
July 14: Jupiter at Opposition: Jupiter will be closest to Earth and fully illuminated, great for testing those binoculars or a new telescope!
July 20: Saturn at Opposition: Saturn takes its turn with its closest and brightest view tonight!
July 28-29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Aquarius, but the second quarter moon means you might not see much.)
August 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower (60/hr, best after midnight, from Perseus. Another second quarter moon spoils things a bit, but you'll still see some brighter meteors while you're out by the bonfire.)
October 7: Draconids Meteor Shower (10/hr, best in early evening (which is unusual for showers), from Draco. The second quarter moon rises early, but 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 -- with the waxing crescent moon making for a great show if you're there late in the month.)
November 4-5: Taurids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Taurus (look for the red "eye") -- first quarter moon, though)
November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower (15/hr, best after midnight, from Leo -- with the crewscent moon setting early.)
November 30: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Another eclipse!
December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower (120/hr, best after midnight, from Gemini -- a new moon will allow for a good show, if you can stand the cold.)
December 21: Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn: Look to the west just after sunset to see a pair of planets, visually close to one another.
December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Ursa Minor -- a first quarter moon 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.