Sunday, August 8, 2010

Calendar: Astronomy and Survival

There are still a few spots left on the walk we're leading on Saturday morning along the Northwest Branch in Silver Spring. We'll focus on late summer fruits, flowers, and (hopefully) fungi. Register here.

After you've learned about your wild edibles, on Sunday afternoon you'll be all ready for a class at Rock Creek Park on an introduction to building basic shelters for backcountry survival.

Photo credit: zach kowalczyk
But before any of that, the Perseid meteor shower will peak this Thursday night. Mark your calendar to keep an eye out for shooting stars! (The best time to see them is actually after midnight, or early in the morning before the sun rises.)

Saturday night is the National Capital Astronomers' monthly expedition to Military Field in Rock Creek Park. Come peer through their telescopes at the Andromeda Galaxy, or spread out a blanket and see if you can catch any leftovers from the meteor shower. If you want to get away from the city lights, you can head way out to Sky Meadows -- folks from the Air and Space museum will also be having a skywatching event on Saturday. The sky is much darker out there, making it easier to see things in the sky.

More details and lots more great sounding hikes and other events are listed on our calendar. If you've got anything else you'd like to highlight, feel free to leave a comment.

We'll see you out there!