Lassen Volcanic National Park Hosting Lyrid Meteor Shower Viewing Event

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Northern California residents are in for a celestial treat as Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the Shasta Astronomy Club come together to host a night sky viewing event featuring the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Set against the backdrop of the Hat Creek Rim Overlook, the event is scheduled for April 20.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower occurs annually as Earth traverses the path of Comet Thatcher, resulting in a stunning display of shooting stars across the night sky. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 pm, with the event officially kicking off at 8:00 pm and concluding at 10:00 pm. Ranger-led talks will provide insights into the meteor shower phenomenon, while telescopes will be set up for optimal viewing of celestial objects.

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience, participants are advised to bring flashlights (preferably with red light), wear closed-toed shoes, and dress warmly. It’s recommended to bring chairs or blankets for seating, along with binoculars for enhanced viewing. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to bring water and snacks, as restroom facilities are available but lack running water at the Hat Creek Rim Overlook area.

Due to limited parking space, carpooling is strongly recommended. Those interested in attending are urged to contact with details regarding their group size and the number of vehicles they plan to bring.

Visitors should note that the event is weather-dependent, with cloudy or inclement weather potentially leading to cancellation to ensure visitor safety remains a priority.

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