Observe the August Perseid Meteor Shower from Yerkes Observatory
Yerkes Observatory is offering a special opportunity for people to watch the Perseid meteor shower safely and comfortably. Every year in August the Earth passes through the debris stream of Comet Swift-Tuttle, resulting in many "falling stars" that appear to come from the constellation Perseus. Astronomers estimate there will be dozens of meteors per hour, some of them bright, and all best seen with the unaided eye.
The observing opportunity at Yerkes will run from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11. Night sky guides will be on hand to point out stars and constellations. Small telescopes will be available during the early part of this event for viewing the Moon, planets, and other celestial objects. The cost for this event is $5.00 per person, with a maximum of $15.00 per family. Children must be accompanied by adults. Available space is limited, so please pre-register. If the sky is cloudy the event will be canceled.
August nights can sometimes get chilly, so please bring long sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants, and wear shoes or sneakers. For the comfort of everyone, please do NOT apply bug spray at the event. 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. If you bring a flashlight, please be considerate of others by using a red filter or covering it with a small brown paper bag secured with rubber bands or tape.