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The Perseid meteor shower

August 8, 2014 - Barb Barrett
They say a meteor shower is approaching this month. There are several places in the county where you can go and watch it. Pre-registered guests are invited to Ryder Park from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Monday, August 11 to view this stellar opportunity. Dr. Richard Erickson from Lycoming College will be there to explain how meteors are produced and how fast they come into the earth’s atmosphere which according to him can be typically 25,000 miles or more. If the night is clear we will be able to see a few meteors each hour. The Perseid shower is the one seen in August and produces a good display every year. The peak of this shower will occur on the nights of August 11, 12 and 13 and can be seen coming from the northeast starting at about 10 p.m. and as the night progresses into dawn, more and more meteors should be observed according to Professor Erickson. Settle in somewhere in your backyard with a blanket, lawn chair and flashlight and see what you can see…But if you want to go somewhere else special in the Commonwealth to view the night skies, try the Keystone Observatory in Clarks Summit, the Observatory at Bucknell University, the Edward Naylor Observatory in Lewisberry or Cherry Springs State Park.

 
 

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