Join us for our annual meeting with the Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday 12th of August 2023, in Tannourine Cedars Reserve, a jewel of North Lebanon, not to be missed.
Lebanon Mountain Trail crosses this area in its sections 9 and 10.
We will spend the night lying down stargazing, at the entrance of the amazing Cedars forest of Tannourine, which has the greatest concentration of cedars of Lebanon. The place is with a low light pollution.
Needles to say, Children are welcome in this magical place as astronomy workshops will be available for them. Therefore the association UniversCiel will join us to animate diurnal activities for kids between 6 and 12 years old.
An open-air presentation Hosted by Mr. Marc Bou Zeid - Astrophysicist - will explain about those shooting stars that seems to come from the constellation of Perseus.
We will learn everything about this annual phenomenom that peeks between 11th and 15th of august.
This presentation will be followed by a sky tour.
A Lebanese dinner will be prepared by local hosts.
The next day, after a Lebanese breakfast, we will hike inside the reserve for approx. 1 hour.
Practical details and program:
16h30 : Welcome at the reserve entrance
17h00 : Diurnal Astronomy workshops for children
19h00 : Dinner
20h15 : Presentation on the Perseid meteor shower (Mr. Marc Bou Zeid - Astrophysicist)
21h00 : Sky tour
21h30 : Presentation on James Webb Telescope images v/s other images
22h15 : Observation night activities
- Observation of the starry sky
- Fire camp (don’t hesitate to get your instruments)
08h30 Breakfast at Eco Dalida
10h00 Hiking for 1 hour inside the reserve
What to bring:
Sleeping bag, blanket (optional)
A rubber mattress (for aerobic) (we provide camping tents)
Warm clothes : fleece jacket and K-way especially for kids (it’s cold at 1800 m of altitude)
Torch lamp + spare batteries
Hiking boots or tennis shoes, gourd, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen for next day hike
Towel and toiletries, spare clothes
By private cars
Weekend fees per person :
- The price is $43 (or $40 for those who get their own tents) including camping, dinner, breakfast, the conference, reserve entrance fees, guides and insurance.
For kids below 12 years old the price in $20 + $10 for the astronomy activities fees.
- No fees for kids under 6 years
Places are limited to 80 participants.
Meeting point :
On Saturday 12 August 2023 at the entrance of Tannourinne Cedars, reserve starting 4.30 pm.