Perseids Meteor Watching Party

They’re coming, the Perseids! From the comfort of your lawn chair or blanket on the ground at the Blackwater Falls Nature Center, watch meteors flash across the night sky. The watching party typically begins at 9:00 p.m.

According to timeanddate.com, “The 2019 Perseids will peak on the night of August 12 and early morning hours of August 13 with about 150 meteors per hour. Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus.” If it is a clear night, you’ll be outdoors looking up and observing nature’s light show.

Monday and Tuesday:

  • 9:00 p.m.  Catch a Shooting Star with Paulita Cousin, at the Nature Center and watch for meteors.  An upcoming Full Moon will dampen the display during its peak but not wash it out completely.  The Perseids can be seen beginning of August until next week and overlapping the Delta Aquariid metor shower. Patience is a key, as some meteors can be faint quick streaks and others sail across the sky in a bright glow.
  • The best time is after 10:00 p.m. and into the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn.   Please, bring a tarp/blanket or lawn chair to sit back and patiently watch the sky.  The Naturalist will be around until midnight but participants wishing to  meteor view longer in the parking area of the Nature Center may obtain a permit at the Nature Center. Please, be kind and keep flashlights to a minimal use and try to keep car headlights from those viewing the stars in the lawn of the Nature Center. Paulita will have some coffee and cookies while supplies last/midnight. YPP

The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers of the year. They occur every year between July 17 and August 24 and tend to peak around August 9-13. You don’t need any special equipment or a lot of skills to view a meteor shower.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: August 12 - 13, 2019
  • End Date: August 13, 2019

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