Meteor Shower Viewing

Let's go join Emily Coffman with River Sports Outfitter on this unique adventure! On January 3 there is a predicted "not guaranteed" peak viewing night for the Quadrantid meteor shower. By headlamp, we will lead you to a great viewing spot in our Knoxville Urban Wilderness.  You will need to bring a headlamp/flashlight, very warm hiking clothes, hat, gloves and a sense of adventure. 

• SAFETY UPDATE as of 1/2: Factoring in the current trail condition, that large of a group, the added challenge of hiking at night and the steep Tharps Trace trail, we are leaning at making this a meteor shower viewing event rather than a hike.  There's a great field space not too far into Tharps Trace trail where we can set up our viewing area.  If you can, please make a note minimal change of plans.  Which, who knows, may even change again by tomorrow!  With the short walk to the field, people are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, stoves for hot-cocoa, etc. Please park towards the back of the Quarry lot, as they will be closer to the viewing field there. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Looking forward to tomorrow night!

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  • Taylor M.

    Not many meteors, but some great people! Look forward to some real hikes with the group.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great! It took a bunch of nuts to be out in that 20+ degree cold and wait for... nothing.

    January 4, 2014

  • Nery

    Thank you for coming out & braving the cold! I enjoyed the blanket of stars with warm company.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Andy Z.

    Enjoyed the chilly evening!

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Anoria

    Loved the adventure of meeting people in the dark.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Ladonna

    sorry i didn't make it. got stuck at work and still haven't left. hope everyone enjoyed and stayed warm :-)

    January 3, 2014

  • Charissa

    So cold!! But would have been fun. We should do it again sometime!

    January 3, 2014

  • Anoria

    Are we still meeting at the Meads Quarry address?

    January 3, 2014

    • Nery

      Yes

      January 3, 2014

  • Emory

    River Sports Outfitters
    Due to trail safety and high event numbers (we're expecting around 25-30!) we won't be doing the originally planned 1.1 mile hike. We will have field space near the quarry, so you are welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, etc. Ijams Nature Center asks that you park in the Quarry parking lot.

    January 3, 2014

    • Emory

      that is from River Sports page....

      January 3, 2014

  • Nery

    Alright, we're sticking with our field viewing plan rather than a hike - I'm thinking it will be frozen and slick.  It's about having fun and meeting people - not busting it on the trail!

    I found this article that might be cool to post on the meet-up site.  I'm definitely not a know-it-all about stars, constellations and meteor showers, so this was really easy to read and helpful. http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/01/02/quadrantid_meteor_shower_annual_event_peaks_january_3.html

    The skies are predicted to be clear!  I'm excited!

    Emily

    January 3, 2014

  • Shelley :.

    Sounds like fun! I have drum circle tonight so will miss this one...have a great time and stay warm!! :)

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Nery

    • SAFETY UPDATE as of 1/2: Factoring in the current trail condition, the amount of people, the added challenge of hiking at night and the steep Tharps Trace trail, we are leaning at making this a meteor shower viewing event rather than a hike. There's a great field space not too far into Tharps Trace trail where we can set up our viewing area. If you can, please make a note minimal change of plans. Which, who knows, may even change again by tomorrow! With the short walk to the field, people are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, stoves for hot-cocoa, etc. Please park towards the back of the Quarry lot, as they will be closer to the viewing field there. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Looking forward to tomorrow night!

    January 2, 2014

  • Leslie S.

    So sorry. We wont be able to make it, but look forward to future meetups

    January 2, 2014

    • Nery

      No worries, we have a whole new tear of adventures!

      January 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had to back out, sorry. Just going to be too cold for us west-coast wimps. We really look forward to meeting up though.

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Nery

      No worries, we have a whole new year full of adventures!

      January 2, 2014

  • michele

    The quads have a peak duration that is short -- ~6 hours -- and the center of the peak occurs around 4:30 pm 1/3/14 so best viewing is before 7:30 pm. Look for a radiant area between Polaris and the northern horizon (i.e., if you can see them, they will be near the northern horizon).

    1 · December 29, 2013

    • Nery

      Michele, Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Happy New Year & safe travels!

      1 · December 30, 2013

    • Billy M

      Michele, The peak duration of my quads is way less than 6 hours especially on a hike that is both steep & strenuous. Wait...you might be talking about something different. Never mind. Seriously though, you should be here for this one. It would be interesting to hear your insights.

      3 · December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My wife and I look forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Sandy

    May I bring a guest? I didn't see the option for it...

    December 30, 2013

    • Sandy

      Thanks!

      December 30, 2013

    • Nery

      Your very welcome, see ya under the stars! :-)

      2 · December 30, 2013

  • Dana H.

    I have to work but I will try and make it!

    December 30, 2013

    • Nery

      I hope can, looking forward to meeting you!

      December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really hoping that there will be someone with a proper camera to capture the meteor show. I asked a photographer at church; he said it's a digital camera with a part removed - some sort of filter? So, if your camera is missing this essential part, please take pics that you are willing to share in full format in an email (I absolutely will give you all the credit - I'd just love to share with FB friends - I could also share an entire album of the pics on slickpic - and give you all the credit - so your work will reach a much larger audience). See ya!

    1 · December 29, 2013

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