Star Gazing and Northern Lights

Kneeland - Milky Way and Northern Lights
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The Milky Way above a snowy landscape outside of Kneeland, California, early on the morning of Feb. 21, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
Viewing areas:  Kneeland Airport

 

156 bolides were detected on a single (pointed) photographic plate of the all sky fish-eye photographic camera during the Leonid meteor shower in 1998 at Modra observatory. The exposure time was 4 hours. - BY JURAJ TÓTH VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

Weblink:  https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/star-struck/Content?oid=2166350
Local Observatories
 Kneeland School Outreach
Location: Kneeland School, 9313 Kneeland Road, Kneeland , CA 95549
HSU's Fickle Hill observatory
Location: 8491 Fickle Hill Rd, Arcata, CA 95521
CRs campus facility
Location:  707-476-4227  7351 Tompkins Hill Rd. Eureka California 95501 US  
Weblink:  map               https://local.aarp.org/place/college-of-the-redwoods-observatory-eureka-...
Astronomers of Humboldt County
Weblink:  http://www.astrohum.org/sky.html

 

kym kemp:  Lost Coast Outpost

Kings Range:  The view from Paradise Ridge is spectacular. To the west, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean north of Shelter Cove and south of Kings Peak which is the highest point in the range at 4091 feet. To the east of the ridge, the view includes much of the South Fork of the Eel River’s watershed and far beyond to the dim horizon.
Weblink:  https://kymkemp.com/2018/08/13/night-lights-of-the-north-coast-camping-i...
Information Star Gazing in State Parks   **NOTE THIS IS A WILDLIFE AREA.  THERE ARE BEARS AND MOUNTAIN LIONS.
Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, two miles south of Garberville on Highway 101, has 1,200 acres with campsites and a large day-use picnic area. Hiking, picnicking and camping are popular summer time activities, while salmon and steelhead fishing are popular in the winter. The park’s open field in the campground gives a panorama view of the sky. Access to Benbow State Recreation Area’s campground is closed during off-season. For more information about the park, call (707) 923-3238.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, 20 miles south of Fortuna on Highway 101, is home to the famous Rockefeller Forest, the largest contiguous old growth redwood forest in the world. This 52,000 acre park offers three developed campgrounds, a horse camp, many day-use areas, beautiful swimming holes on the South Fork Eel River, daily interpretive programs in the summer and over 100 miles of hiking trails. Recreational opportunities include swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, developed and primitive camping and much more. Our many natural prairies throughout the park offer excellent views for stargazing, the best of which can be found at Albee Creek Campground. For more information about the park, call (707)946-2409. 

Photograph David Wilson
Grizzly Creek State ParkThis small but picture-perfect park is the ultimate place to shun reality in exchange for clear summer skies, hot swimming weather, and spectacular star-gazing through the forest canopy. While car-camping is available at the main entrance, there are several nicely clandestine camping sites located in the gorgeous groves just steps from the riverbank.
Richardson Grove State Park, seven miles south of Garberville on Highway 101, features camping, hiking, and swimming throughout much of the year. Fishing for salmon and steelhead is popular during the winter. The park is where visitors first encounter significant old growth redwood forest when coming north. The 9th tallest coast redwood, a fallen tree ring study conducted in 1933, and a walk-through tree are in the park. Panorama Point has a view of the southern sky and they day use river bar provides a view of the summer sky. For more information about the park, call (707) 247-3318.
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, 36 miles southwest of Redway/Garberville on Briceland Road, features rugged wilderness that once characterized the entire Mendocino Coast. This 7,367 acre park is in an area called the "Lost Coast," since there are no main highways in the vicinity. The park is tops for serene stargazing on the bluffs overlooking the ocean at the visitor center at Needle Rock. For more information about the park, call (707) 986-7711. Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, 1.5 miles north of Leggett on Highway 101, offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River which winds through the park for almost two miles. One of the few virgin redwood stands remaining in this area can be seen on the Grove Trail. The picnic area and river bars give access to open skies for summertime stargazing. For more information about the park, call (707) 925-6482.
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, 1.5 miles north of Leggett on Highway 101, offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River which winds through the park for almost two miles. One of the few virgin redwood stands remaining in this area can be seen on the Grove Trail. The picnic area and river bars give access to open skies for summertime stargazing. For more information about the park, call (707) 925-6482.
Photograph David Wilson
Women's Federation Club Grove - On Avenue of the Giants just off Honeydew exit.  Daytime picnicking and swimming.  No camping overnight.
Weblink:  https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/24317/files/stargazingintheparks.pdf
OTHER AREAS:
Trinidad Head Point Houda. Directions:  Take Trinidad Exits and continue going west past Murphy's Market, turn corner left and continue towards Trinidad Bay, past the City Hall,, the Eatery Restaurant and turn right to go down the hill to the parking lot.  From parking lot take trail and go to the westward side of the rock.  Center of Milky Way becomes visible at 10:45 PM in Mid-June and progressively earlier throughout the summer.
From Humboldt Insider
Photos by David Wilson
Trinidad also, "the iconic Grandmother Rock gazes out across the Pacific on her endless vigil. Here, the crescent moon, invisible past the left edge of the photograph, illuminated the landscape. The bright light of a fishing boat out at sea can be seen behind Pewetole Island. Feb. 6, 2019. How to get there: Take U.S. Highway 101 North. Take exit 728 toward Trinidad. Turn left onto Main Street, then turn right onto Patrick’s Point Drive. Turn left onto Anderson Lane. Turn right onto Stagecoach Road. There’s a parking lot on the left and beach access a short hike down the marked trail."
  Photo David Wilson, Humboldt Insider
Moonstone Beach  Directions:  Northbound:  Off Hwy. 101, Trinidad. take exit 726AToward Westhaven Drive.  Turn left on Sea Drift Lane toward Moonstone Beach.  Then turn left on Scenic Drive, then turn right onto Moonstone Beach Road.  Parking area at the bottom. 
Freshwater Lagoon:  Directions:  Northbound.  About 25 miles north of Arcata is Freshwater Lagoon.  Left hand side of Hwy. 101, park in designated areas.  NOTE:  There is an undertow and sneaker waves that occasionally  show up. Take into consideration vehicle headlights, and the aforementioned Milky Way times.