Events

Things to Do at Beacon Hill Bed & Breakfast

Topping the list of activities are the Kemah Boardwalk restaurants and amusement park,   Space Center Houston, dinner cruises, Galveston Moody Gardens, the Historic Strand, Galveston beaches, waterfront activities, fish houses, water sports and restaurants in walking distance from Beacon Hill Bed and Breakfast.

                                                                                                  Be sure and check out the City of Seabrook’s website.  It has information that could be of assistance to you while staying with us at Beacon Hill.

Must See Stargazing

Total eclipse of the sun: March 20

The dark shadow of the moon will trace a curved path primarily over the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, beginning off the southern tip of Greenland and then winding its way counterclockwise to the northeast passing between Iceland and the United Kingdom.

Total eclipse of the moon: April 4

This lunar eclipse is unusual because the entire disk of the moon will just barely squeeze inside the umbra (the dark shadow of the Earth) making for a mere 9 minutes of totality – the shortest duration since Oct. 13, 1856.

Across much of the United States and Canada, this eclipse will coincide with moonset; the farther west you go the more of this eclipse you will see. In the Atlantic, perhaps the faint smudge of the penumbral shadow will be visible before moonset. In the Eastern time zone, the darker umbral shadow will create the appearance of a “bite” on the moon’s upper left edge. For those in the central part of the United States, a sizable amount of the moon will become immersed in the umbra before it sets.

Along a narrow zone running from Lake Winnipeg, south through western Minnesota to the Texas-Louisiana border, the moon will set while in total eclipse, while across the west part of the U.S., the moon will be seen emerging from the umbral shadow as it descends in the western sky, weather permitting.

A dazzling Venus view: Spring through summer

Venus reaches its greatest angular distance — 45 degrees to the east of the sun – on June 6. The planet appears brightest in early summer as it heads back down toward the sun, reaching its greatest brilliancy for this apparition on the evening of July 10 at negative 4.5 magnitude.

A brilliant double planet: June 30

Shortly after sunset, in the west-southwest sky, two bright planets, Venus and Jupiter, will be strikingly close together. They will appear to be only about half the width of the moon in Earth’s sky, potentially making for a very eye-catching sight.

Perseid meteor shower: Aug. 12

The Perseid meteor shower is usually considered to be among the best of the annual meteor displays thanks to its high rates. Lucky observers can sometimes see up to 90 meteors an hour during the shower.

In 2015, the moon will be a couple of days before new and will not rise until just before daybreak, leaving much of the night dark for prospective observers.

Last quarter moon: Sept. 4

The Last Quarter moon will pass in front of one of the brightest stars in the sky, Aldebaran, the angry orange eye of Taurus the Bull. This will be visible over eastern North America, but there will be another visible over a much wider region of North America early on Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving morning.

Another lunar eclipse: Sept. 27-28

Eclipse watchers across the central and eastern part of North America – roughly east of a line from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Houston – will see the entire lunar eclipse from start to finish, while those farther to the west will see the moon rise with the eclipse already in progress.

Not only will the moon undergo a total eclipse on this night, but the moon will also very nearly coincide with perigee, its closest point to Earth. The moon turns full at 10:51 p.m. EDT and just 51 minutes earlier it will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2015 at a distance of 221,753 miles (356,877 kilometers). Expect a large range in ocean tides (exceptionally low to exceptionally high) for the next few days.

A brilliant double planet … again: Oct. 26

For the second time in 2015, Venus and Jupiter will engage in a close encounter, this time separated by just over 1 degree, Venus passing to the southwest (lower right) of Jupiter and shining more than 10 times brighter than the huge gas giant.

Taurid meteor shower ‘fireballs': October and November

The Taurid meteors, sometimes called the “Halloween fireballs,” show up each year between mid-October and mid-November. The shower should peak from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12 in 2015. Meteor expert David Asher has also discovered that Earth can periodically encounter swarms of larger particles, which can produce fireball meteors in certain years, and 2015 is predicted to be one of those years.

Geminid meteor shower: Dec. 13 to Dec. 14

If there is one meteor display guaranteed to put on a very entertaining show it is the Geminids. Now considered by most meteor experts to be at the top of the list, surpassing in brilliance and reliability even the August Perseids. The moon will be a narrow crescent and will set early in the evening, leaving the sky dark all through the rest of the night – perfect conditions for watching shooting stars.

This will be your chance to see an average of as many as two meteor sightings every minute, or 120 per hour!

There is no better place to view the stars than Beacon Hill!

BIRDING is always an event in and around Seabrook.  We regularly have Brown Pelicans, Ospreys, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Laughing Gulls, various Terns, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Northern Mocking Birds, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Little Blue Herons, Yellow-crowned Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Coots, Eastern Screech Owls and more on the property at Beacon Hill.  For the last several years, during the months of February or March we are treated to the sight of a Black Swan on Clear Lake.

Seabrook is on the Clear Lake Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and has four designated spots along Todville Road.

Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Just for fun, check out the Pelican Path Project in Seabrook.  You will find several of these within minutes of Beacon Hill.Pelican Project

 Come stay with us and enjoy one of the dinner cruises available just minutes from                                                               Beacon Hill B&B.

 

 

 

 

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