The early morning of August 11th and 12th, 2013 the Perseid meteor shower will peak with up to 60 meteors per hour. The Perseids are considered by many to be the best meteor shower of the year. With the 14% waxing crescent Moon will set around 9:30 p.m. giving us awesome conditions for observing meteors. Perseids will start appearing more frequently as midnight approaches, and will peak in the early morning hours of August 11th just before dawn.
Join Frosty Drew astronomers at the Observatory on August 10, 2013, weather permitting, to witness this spectacular event. We will open the Observatory telescopes from 8:30 - 11:00 with views of Saturn, Neptune, and a host of deep sky objects. Francine Jackson will be in the Sky Theatre at 8:00 - 9:00 with Perseid activities. After 11:00 we will all make our way outside to view the spectacular meteor shower. We may have portable telescopes available throughout the night with some great views of the Moon, Neptune, Jupiter, and a host of deep sky objects. The Sky Theatre will remain open all night with a slide show of celestial objects we have photographed at Frosty Drew Observatory.
Bring your friends and family. Break out your lawn chairs and blankets, *binoculars and telescopes. Sit under the beautifully clear dark skies of Charlestown, Rhode Island and have a night out on the Perseids!
See you under Perseid skies!
*Binoculars and telescopes are welcome but are not needed to view the meteor shower. This event is a weather dependent event. Cloudy skies, fog, and / or rain will cancel this event.