The following events are coming up in and around our lake:
- Delayed Due to COVID-19: Christie Lake Association Annual Meeting
- July 4, 2021: 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.
- 2021 Astronomical Events
January 2-3: Quadrantids Meteor Shower (40/hr, best after midnight, from Bootes, but the gibbous moon won't help.)
February 10: Best View of Mercury! Catch the hottest planet just above the western horizon in the evening sky at sunset.
March 6: Best view of Mercury! If you're an early riser, catch it now in the Eastern sky, just before sunrise! Watch for Venus in the same spot on March 20.
April 22-23: Lyrids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Lyra. The full moon will make it tough to see, though.)
May 6-7: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower (30/hr from Halley's Comet, best after midnight, from Aquarius. Second quarter moon may wash out another one this year.)
May 17: If you don't like getting up early, catch Mercury in the western sky just after sunset.
June 10: Partial Solar Eclipse: The moon will start to cover the sun prior to sunrise (at 06:03), and will be at its maximum coverage around 06:06, and then clearing by 06:39. For those of you on the west end of the lake, you will want to get up early for this one! Be sure to use safe viewing glasses or filters, though!
July 28-29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Aquarius, though yet another full moon doesn't bode well.)
August 2: Saturn at Opposition: Best time to catch pictures of the ringed planet!
August 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower (60/hr, best after midnight, from Perseus. The moon sets early today, so this will be the best show of the year!)
August 19: Jupiter at Opposition: Best time to catch pictures of the gas giant! Even binoculars will show Jupiter's moons.)
October 7: Draconids Meteor Shower (10/hr, best in early evening (which is unusual for showers), from Draco. The new moon won';t impact it at all, 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 -- with another full moon ruining the view.)
November 4-5: Taurids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Taurus (look for the red "eye") -- new moon will help.)
November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower (15/hr, best after midnight, from Leo -- with another full moon. Sigh.)
November 19: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Another eclipse, yea!
December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower (120/hr, best after midnight, from Gemini -- a waxing gibbous moon won't help you see the small ones, though. Bundle up & enjoy the show!)
December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Ursa Minor -- but another full moon. Ugh!)
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.