Published on August 8, 2012 | by Sandy Ward3
Perseid Meteor Shower Special Viewing
SPECIAL VIEWING: PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
By popular demand, Observatory Park in Montville Township is staying open late this Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, to accommodate anyone who would like to watch Nature’s annual meteor shower antics from an International Dark Sky Park. No reservations will be required for this visit.
Observatory Park is regularly open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit here for more information about the park, or here for information about its summer hours and other timely happenings in Geauga Park District.
Geauga Park District also offers the opportunity to view the showers from 10 p.m. to midnight at its Katydid Kamp-out on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, at Chickagami Park in Parkman Township. Register for your space here.
The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2,000 years with peak activity always seen between August 9 and 14. During its peak, 60 or more meteors darting all across the sky can be seen in a single hour. However, this rate is always greatest in the pre-dawn hours, naturalists say, since the side of our planet nearest to turning into the sun is also the side that scoops up the most meteors as it moves through space.