Meteor Shower on Mt. Tam - Marin


12.14.06

From the issue Rock Stars & Surf

Star Search

Whether you're a wise man or not, this is an appropriate time of year to contemplate things celestial – specifically, the Geminid meteor shower, which happens tonight. A reliable favorite of star-gazers, this astronomical extravaganza will begin just after sunset and reach its peak around 1:00 a.m. Gather friends, flashlights, warm clothes and lawn chairs and head over to Mt. Tam. Park at Pantoll Camp, then walk up Pantoll Road (which is gated at night) as far as you can. Stop and listen to the mountain stillness, smell the sea and the pine, and look up. Now that's what we call star power. (And if the clouds continue to be uncooperative, then check Chabot Space & Science Center's sky calendar for the next meteor shower.)

Directions: From Hwy. 101, take Hwy. 1 toward Stinson Beach and after 3.6 miles turn right on Panoramic Hwy. Continue 5.3 miles to Pantoll Rd. and the ranger station.

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