Stay Up Late, Camp Out & Watch the Perseid Meteor Showers at Park District Programs

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Sat 8/12 @ 9PM-Sun 8/13 @ 6AM

If you’re intrigued by what goes on in the heavens, you’re probably eagerly awaiting the August 21 eclipse. But to tide you over in the meantime, there’s a Perseid Meteor Shower coming up! It involves a stream of debris from a comet that is most visible each year during the second week in August.

It’s the sort of thing that provides area park districts and science center with opportunities for programming – and sure enough …. The Geauga Park District us offering its Meteors and Mothers overnight event, the one night of the year when you’re allowed to camp in its Observatory Park from Sat 8/12-Sun 8/13. You can not only watch meteors but also see the moths drawn to their black light and mercury vapor lamps and check out and help survey other nocturnal wildlife in the area. A naturalist will be there from sunset to sunrise to provide guidance. Peak meteor shower viewing is expected from 1-3am.

It’s free but you’ll want to make a reservation by 8/12.


Summit Metroparks is also hosting a Perseid Meteor Shower event at the Bathhouse and Pheasant Run Area of Silver Creek Metro Park. But here’s the part where you have to kind of hang loose: the program will take place either Fri 8/11, Sat 8/12 or Sun 8/13 depending on when the best viewing occurs. Call 330-865-8060 after 4pm to find out if that’s the night. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a flashlight!


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