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Highland Road Park Observatory

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Friday 12 August from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am

Free and for all ages.
Visitors must adhere to rules below.

ABOUT THE PERSEIDS

The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year, caused by debris left from the passings of Comet☄ Swift-Tuttle. Come learn about meteors and let’s see if we can spot some “earthgrazers.” Although telescopes aren’t needed for the Perseids, we’ll have a telescope available from 10:00 pm to midnight for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects. But look fast for the meteors; Perseid meteoroids hit our atmosphere traveling about sixty kilometers a second! If you’re lucky, you may see a fireball…

POSITION OF THE MOON

The waning gibbous Moon will be a hindrance for viewing the faintest meteors. It will be seven degrees above the eastern horizon at 10:00 pm, rising to an altitude of forty-eight degrees in the southeast by 2:00 am.

DIRECTION OF VIEWING

From 10:00 pm to 12:00 am, meteor hunters should face the northwest or the southeast. From 12:00 am to 2:00 am, they should face northwest.

OTHER OBJECTS FOR VIEWING

RULES AND REGULATIONS


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, July 29, 2022, 03:39 PM.

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