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Viewing will be enhanced by the fact that the moon will not be present.

Allow about 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour. "Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness". "Because Perseids have very long tails so you're going to see that to begin with".

This year is an especially good one for watching the Perseid shower as the moon will be in its least visible phase so its light won't be dominating the sky. Rather luckily, these aren't the kind of meteors that will light up the entire sky and make you think the end times are nigh; Instead, you'll need to plan to be somewhere with minimal cloud cover and light pollution if you want to take advantage.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

Lake Afton Public Observatory, 25000 W. 39th Street South in Goddard, will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, where visitors can look through the telescope to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and potentially Venus. Note that if the skies are too cloudy or if it's raining, the event will be cancelled. The Slooh.com webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower. Although the best night looks to be August 12th. The eight hour broadcast will begin with Slooh's astronomers taking questions posted with the hashtag #Slooh and discussing the history and the science of the Perseid meteor shower.

You can also watch the Perseids online, but barring bad weather, we hesitate to recommend that route.

The next event in the star calendar is a big event planned in Killarney Provincial Park on September 22, an ideal area to view the night sky since it's far from big city lights.

"The best observing sites have no nearby lights, so tend to be away from towns and cities".

There, you will find listings for over 150 National Weather Service forecast offices in the United States, including in Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa. Lie on your back and look straight up.


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