With another year comes another chance to beat the clouds and moon and see the spectacular Perseid Meteor shower! This year promises to be better than last: the moon won't rise until late, so if the clouds stay away, we should have beautiful dark skies against which meteors--"falling stars"--appear.
What are the Perseids? Every year in August, debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle plunges into Earth’s atmosphere, causing the display of “shooting stars” that we see. Thus the show is not really caused by falling stars, but instead by the Earth’s passing through the comet’s debris stream.
Yerkes will once again be hosting an event for viewing the meteor shower, along with opportunities to see nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial wonders through small telescopes on the lawn. Night sky guides will be on hand to point out stars and constellations.
August nights can sometimes get chilly, so please bring long sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants, and wear shoes or sneakers. Please apply bug spray BEFORE you come to the event, NOT at it. Children must be accompanied by adults. No pets, please. Since meteors are usually best viewed while lying down, you may want to bring a blanket or reclining lawn chair. You may also want to bring binoculars to scan the beautiful sights of the summer Milky Way.
The fee for the event is $5 per person ages 7+ (children 6 and under free).
Please register for the event below. We look forward to seeing you soon!