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Camel-o-par-whats-it? Camelopardalids. Common pronunciations are camel-oh-PAR-dahl-idz, kah-MEL-oh-PAR-dal-idz, and camel-oh-par-DAL-idz. It it’s too much of a tongue twister, you are camelopardon-ed. 🙂

A Brand New Meteor Shower!
On May 24, 2014, the Earth will travel through debris ejected from comet 209P/LINEAR in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. If the comet was actively producing a lot of dust during that time, the Earth may be treated to a new meteor shower, tentatively named the May Camelopardalids. The May Camelopardalid radiant is in the constellation Camelopardalis, which translates to “camel leopard” or giraffe.

Constellation map

Credit: NASA/MEO/D. Moser using Starry Night Pro.

Here’s the Comet 4-11
Comet 209P/LINEAR is a Jupiter-family comet discovered by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project in 2004. While orbiting, the closest it comes to the Sun is 0.9 AU (84 million miles) and the farthest it gets from the Sun is about 5 AU (465 million miles), close to Jupiter’s orbit. This year, 209P will have a close approach to Earth on May 29. It will come within a distance of 0.04 AU of our planet. That’s about 3.7 million miles – a pretty close shave in cosmic terms. But no worries, there’s no chance it will hit us.
Recent data shows that 209P is not very active, meaning it’s not releasing much gas or dust. But there is no data that can tell us how active 209P was in the 18th and 19th centuries, when we think the up-coming intersecting debris trails were created. If the comet wasn’t very active back then, we may not even have a meteor shower on May 24. But if it was, we could be in for a treat.

How can I enjoy the show?
North America has a pretty good seat for this cosmic event. First, check the visibility map to make sure it’s visible from your location. Then check the weather – if you are expecting clouds, then Mother Nature has just rained on your parade, you won’t be able to see any meteors. If the weather gods are smiling down upon you, find a safe, dark location and lay out beneath the stars. You don’t need to look in any particular direction, just straight up. Meteors can appear all over the sky. Add a lawn chair or sleeping bag and snacks and you should be set!

Information courtesy of Nasa.gov



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We had another shot of winter weather in Big Bear Lake the last few days (what’s up Mother Nature?!?), but the weather is expected to be spectacular over the Memorial Day Weekend with highs in the low 70’s and sunny skies.

Friday night’s meteor shower is just the beginning of a very “starry” weekend in Big Bear. Enjoy the show from the lake on a boat cruise or attend the ‘Campfire Star Party’ at the Discovery Center. There are also a few ‘star parties’ going on. See the flyer below for details.

Saturday brings the much anticipated “StarLight Festival” to Big Bear with exhibits, hands-on activities and a whole lot of fun for all ages. Saturday night, check out Jefferson Starship live in concert at The Cave in The Village.

Sunday, take part in the Big Bear Half-Marathon and Memorial Fun Run. The Lifestyle Expo with vendors and live music is FREE.

On Monday, take the family to the Antique Car Club ‘Show & Shine’ and Pinewood Derby.

Add to these unique events all of the dozens of summertime activities available and you get a weekend full of fun and memories!

If you find yourself in need of a place to stay, visit RS Vacations on our website and score a great deal on a cabin rental. See you soon!!


5-22-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 5-24-14 v.2Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Memorial Day, the official start of summer in Big Bear Lake, is just around the corner. Along with the dozens of activities that take place all summer long – in The Village, on the Lake, in the National Forest and all around the Valley – there are several special events going on this weekend as well.  Come on up and see what summertime in Big Bear is all about. Check out the details below.

If you haven’t booked a cabin yet, don’t worry! RS Vacations has homes available in all sizes and at special last minute prices. Visit our website and book that Big Bear Cabin for Memorial Day! See you soon!!


Memorial Day Weekend Special Events


  • Meteor Watching & Campfire at The Big Bear Discovery Center

    May 23, 2014 08:00PM – May 24, 2014 02:00AM

     Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation for an evening under the stars at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater on Friday, May 23rd at 8pm. Our first Star Party will kick off our campfire series held every Friday and Saturday through Labor Day.

    This is sure to be an exciting evening as Comet 209P/LINEAR is predicted to shower the night sky with the most “shooting stars” North America has seen in decades. The campfire will begin at 8pm with a brief presentation about our night skies, including common constellations and stars you may see during your time in Big Bear and continue into the evening with telescopes set up in our large parking lot for public viewing.

    Admission $5 Children under 5 FREE…Campers staying at Serrano Campground FREE as well

    Bring blankets, chairs and warm layers and set up your own cozy spot to gaze upon the sky above. Hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and s’mores will on be on sale.

    All proceeds benefit the Southern California Mountains Foundation and help us reach our mission of “Education, Conservation and Responsible Recreation on Public Lands.”

    Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 Highway 38/North Shore Drive

    Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website: www.mountainsfoundation.org


  • Meteor Shower Cruise on Miss Liberty

    May 23, 2014 11:00PM – May 24, 2014 01:00AM

    Witness the birth of the newest meteor shower in style on a cruise aboard the Miss Liberty on Big Bear Lake. In the early morning hours of May 24th, Earth will pass through a stream of dust particles left behind by Comet LINEAR. The resulting meteor shower will likely be spectacular, and Big Bear Lake is in a perfect viewing position.

    The floating star party, which lasts from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., includes light hors d’oeuvres and a toast with champagne or a delicious hot coffee drink.

    Download Flyer

    Cost is $35 per person, and seating is limited. For reservations, call (909) 866-8129.

    Location: Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat at Pine Knot Landing at 439 Pine Knot Ave

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-6129 Website: www.pineknotmarina.com


  • Big Bear StarLight Festival in the Village

    May 24 & 25, 2014 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM

    We’re going out of this world to start summer by blending fun in the sun with a celebration under the stars! Join our star-studded crew – the AstronomyOutreach network, Astronaut Story Musgrave, who was on the Challenger’s first flight among five other notable space missions, and other science heroes who worked on projects including the Cassini Mission to Saturn and the Curiosity Rover Mission to Mars – for the StarLight Festival, sponsored by Pepsi.

    Celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – the future of America’s education and job growth! – as the streets of Big Bear Village fill with stargazers of all ages.

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    In addition to witnessing a rare meteor shower that will result in the most dramatic display of shooting stars in more than a decade, adults and children can participate in stellar daytime and nighttime activities. From an exclusive viewing of Apollo moon rocks to 10-foot model rockets to a flight flown Challenger Space Shuttle tile and musical performances, there’s enough fun for everyone!

    For more updates on event activities, check us out on Facebook at StarLightFestival, on Twitter @Stars_Festival or visit our website at www.StarLightFestival.com.

    Location: In the Village of Big Bear Lake and The Big Bear Elementary School

    Contact: Website: www.starlightfestival.com


  • Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Opens for Season

    May 24, 2014 | 10:00AM – 04:00PM

    Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Opens for Season. Come and visit the museum where thousands of Big Bear historical artifacts are displayed. Adults $3, Under 14 Free

    Location: Greenway Drive, Big Bear City CA 92314

    Contact: Tel: (909) 585-8100 Website: www.bigbearhistory.org


  • Jefferson Starship at the Cave

    May 24, 2014 | 06:00PM – 11:00PM

    Jefferson Starship, with founding members Paul Kantner and David Freiberg plus Grammy nominated star of “Love, Janis” Cathy Richardson, continue an astonishing 5 decade odyssey begun by Hall of Fame inductee, Kantner who also founded Jefferson Airplane.

    Opening for Jefferson Starship is The Bulldawg Blues Band. The Los Angeles based band performs a unique rock and blues revue of songs. The band’s powerful sound has taken them all across southern California, Nevada, and anywhere blues fans demand a rocking show.

    The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6pm Concert starts at 8pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com


  • Antique Car Club Show & Shine and Pinewood Derby at Big Bear Snowplay

    May 25, 2014 | 08:00AM – 03:00PM

    Lots of Fun for the Car Enthusiast and the Whole Family! Car Show and Pinewood Derby at the Big Bear Snow Play Lot. No charge for either the show cars or spectators. The Pinewood Derby is for local 5th grade students.  Please call or visit website for more information.

    Location: Big Bear Snowplay at 42825 Big Bear Blvd

    Contact: Tel: (909) 584-4333 Website: www.antiquecarclub.org



  • Big Bear Lake Half Marathon and Memorial 5K Fun Run

    May 25, 2014 | 08:00AM – 03:00PM


    Welcome to the Big Bear Lake Half Marathon. This is road running at its finest. A scenic and challenging course full of steep up and downs, rolling hills and a two mile climb up to 7,300′ for a gorgeous run through Big Bear Lake’s most scenic neighborhoods.

    Race day also includes the Memorial 5k Fun Run, a scenic and challenging course along the border of the National Forest. Both events share the same Start and Finish in The Village of Big Bear Lake.

    This is an Open Air Big Bear event so you can expect a FUN start and finish in The Village of Big Bear Lake with Live Music and Local Vendors at the Lifestyle Expo.

    The Big Bear Lake Half Marathon and Memorial 5k Fun Run is an official proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project! A portion of each race entry fee will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year we raised $1000 for the Wounded Warrior Project at the 1st Memorial 5k Fun Run. With the addition of the Half Marathon we hope to raise a lot more this year!

    More information at: www.bigbearlakehalfmarathon.com

    Location: Starts and Finishes in the Village of Big Bear Lake

    Contact: Tel: (909) 744-4056 Website: www.openairbigbear.com or www.bigbearlakehalfmarathon.com



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