Meadow Creek Ranch Inn

Meteor Showers and Star Gazing in Yosemite

Meteor Showers and Star Gazing in Yosemite

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The Milky Way can be clearly seen in the night sky in Mariposa and Yosemite National Park on clear nights.

One of the things I love most about Meadow Creek Ranch are all the stars you can see with no lights around. Some of our guests come with their telescopes or to watch meteor showers. You can join one of the star gazing tours in Yosemite at this link:


Spotting meteors is common all year long and they can be quite brilliant in our darker skies, but if you would like to see one of the spectacular shows away from city lights you might want to schedule your trip around these meteor showers in 2014:

Name Date of Peak Moon
Quadrantids Night of January 2 Just past new
Lyrids Night of April 21 Rises around 3 a.m.
Eta Aquarids Night of May 5 Sets after midnight
Comet 209P/LINEAR Night of May 23 Early morning crescent
Perseids Night of August 12 In view most of the night
Orionids Night of October 21 Dawn crescent
Leonids Nights of November 16/17 Early morning crescent
Geminids Night of December 13 In view after midnight

NOTES These are approximate times for the Lower 48 states; actual shower times can vary. Bright moonlight makes it difficult to see all but the brightest meteors.