Perseid Meteor Shower

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    Come join us the evenings of Aug 11 or 12 at Macdonald Park.

  • The 2018 Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12 and early morning of August 13.  See the shooting stars just before dawn.

  • In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year.  No matter where you live worldwide, the 2018 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors this coming weekend on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.  This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be just a cresent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight.

  • The maximum of the Perseid activity in 2018 is expected during the night of the 12th August 2018.  The Perseids is the name of a prolific meteor shower.  The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

  • The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light this August as Earth passes through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

  • Bring your binoculars and a chair.  Mars is exceptionally close and bright right now, and easily visible in the evening sky.  It will transit just after midnight.

  • Note:
  • We ask that all those wishing to join us that you park your cars in the large parking lot just inside the main gates and take a short walk east down the road to the FVAS viewing site.  This is our dark-site, and your headlights would disturb the viewing session for all users.

    As always, weather permitting

  • Keep our park clean.  If you pack it in, then pack it out.  

    No Execeptions

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