Friday July 29, 2022 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Eagle Meadow, Galena Creek Regional Park. Directions to North Entrance & Galena Creek Visitor Center Roughly 6 miles up Mt. Rose Hwy (NV-431) from U.S. 395, after the road narrows from 4 lanes to 2. A right-hand turn-out lane and signs for the Galena Creek Visitor Center will lead you to the North Entrance Follow the road for approximately 0.5 miles to the end of the road. Follow the loop. Eagle meadow is located near the north end of the Bitterbrush Trail.
Weather permitting ASN will have a presentation of the “Summer Triangle”. Several telescopes will be setup to view live the presentation. The Summer Triangle is an astronomical asterism in the northern celestial hemisphere. The defining vertices of this imaginary triangle are at Altair, Deneb, and Vega, each of which is the brightest star of its constellation (Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra, respectively). (“Summer Triangle - Wikipedia”)
Once you’ve spotted the Summer Triangle, you can use it to find other sights. The largest and most prominent asterism (unofficial star pattern) associated with the Triangle is the Northern Cross, comprised of the brightest stars in Cygnus. Smaller and less prominent, but quite striking, is the exquisite little Parallelogram which hangs just below blazing Vega in Lyra. Sagitta the Arrow is a dim but delightful constellation that sits at the upper left of Altair. It’s one of the smallest constellations, and it really does look like a little arrow! Just below Sagitta and similar in size is tiny Delphinus the Dolphin. (“Night Sky Map for July 2022: The Summer Triangle - Almanac.com”)
Galena Creek Regional Park Map:
(Map image from galenacreekvisitorcenter.org)