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Public Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower
August 12, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Celebrate one of the years biggest, brightest, and most awe-inspiring astronomical events: the Perseid Meteor Shower! The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus.
The Moon won’t rise until 1 AM, giving us plenty of time to see meteors streak across the sky. Jupiter and Saturn will be high enough to view late. Mars will make an appearance around midnight. The Milky Way will still be high over head.
Attendees will be able to observe our pristine night sky thru the lens of the Smokey Jack Observatory’s 14”, state of the art telescope. Additional telescopes will be setup around the Observatory for viewing as well. In order to best experience the Perseids, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets to lay on the grass at The Bluff Park, where the Observatory is located. This allows attendees to relax and take in the wide open night sky for viewing truly epic meteor streaks.
This event is free and open to the public.