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Perseid Meteor Shower Star Tour August 14

Posted on August 4, 2015
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Tahoe Star ToursTahoe Star Tours will host a special mountainside star gazing event that corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower on Friday, August 14, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

The Perseids, a prolific meteor shower associated with the commet Swift-Tuttle, are visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity happening between August 9 and 14. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

“The Perseid Meteor Shower provides an incredible show across the night sky, and with the dark skies in North Lake Tahoe, our viewing venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is ideal,” said Tony Berendsen, owner of Tahoe Star Tours and president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition.

While viewing the constellations and meteor shower through Tahoe Star Tours’ high-powered Celestron telescopes, guests will also be treated to a special live concert performance by Accent, a Reno-based chamber music ensemble comprised of highly trained local artists. The event will also include cheese and dessert stations, wine and champagne, and the personalized service of the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton.

From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. that evening, the resort will also offer its Backyard Barbeque Family Cookout, a for purchase barbeque cookout that includes live music until 8:00 p.m., and complimentary access to a variety of oversized outdoor lawn games. Tahoe Star Tours participants will enjoy access to the private viewing area, comfortable seating, blankets and cocktail service throughout the event.

Hosted mountainside at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe from 8:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the cost to participate is $100 USD per person, including tax. This event is limited to 35 people. Tickets can be purchased online in advance through Eventbrite (

Additional Tahoe Star Tours events are scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through September 4, 2015 from 8:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Events on Thursday and Saturday evening are hosted at the Dark Skies Cosmoarium at Northstar California Resort in Truckee, California. On Friday evenings, events take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Advance reservations for all Tahoe Star Tours events are recommended, and all tours are offered weather and conditions permitting. For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit

About Tony Berendsen and Tahoe Star Tours
Tony Berendsen is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno, Nevada. He is President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, a past President of the Astronomical Society of Nevada, and has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 17 years, including five years at the Fleischmann Planetarium observatory in Reno. He writes astronomy articles for local publications including a monthly column for the Reno Gazette-Journal, and specializes in astronomy outreach by conducting star gazing sessions of the Sierra sky. Every Tahoe Star Tours event is as different as the starry skies above, and each one opens with a poem, a compelling and passionate star talk, followed by telescopic viewing exclusively featuring Celestron telescopes, Starbucks coffee, and s’mores by Nature Valley, the official snack of Tahoe Star Tours.

Tahoe Star Tours at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (Photo courtesy of Tahoe Star Tours. Photographer: Ryan Berendsen)

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