Take in the Perseids

Observatory Park to be open all night for annual meteor shower

Make it a tradition and spend the night with us enjoying the Perseids Meteor Shower.

What: Meteor Shower Event

When: Sunday, August 11, to Monday, August 12 – 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Where: Observatory Park

Best viewing should be from 1 to 3 a.m., so get comfortable, bring a reclining lawn chair and some blankets, and lay back to enjoy the show at one of the country’s eight, and Ohio’s only, International Dark Sky Parks.

There will be no formal program, but a naturalist and other astronomers will be on hand to answer any questions and point out other interesting objects in the summer sky.

“For instance, the moon on August 11 will be a waxing crescent moon, with 22 percent of the moon’s visible disc illuminated, and will set at 10:39 p.m. or just about two hours after sunset,” said Astronomy Naturalist (Astro-Nat) Wayne Kriynovich. “The best part of the meteor shower will be well after midnight, with the most shooting stars just before dawn. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for clear skies.”

Don’t forget to dress warmly; also bring bug spray and maybe something warm to drink like coffee or hot chocolate. And if you are interested in keeping dark places like this dark, or preserving our dark skies in general, also mark your calendar (or set your DVR) for the following day, August 12, to watch The City Dark on PBS at 10 p.m.

Observatory Park is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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