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Monday, August 9, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Come Enjoy a Spectacular View of the Perseid Meteor Shower This Thursday at Highland Road Park Observatory

BREC invites families and friends to view the Perseid meteor shower on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road.

 

The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year, caused by debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle.  Come to the observatory, learn about meteors and see if you can spot some Perseid Earthgrazers or colorful meteors that skim the top of Earth's atmosphere.  Viewers might even spot a fireball - meteors that shine brighter than the stars and planets.    

 

Although telescopes are not needed to view the Perseids, the observatory will have a telescope available for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects.  Be sure to pay close attention as Perseid meteoroids hit the atmosphere traveling 60 kilometers per second - that is over 130,000 miles per hour.

 

The observatory is brought to the public by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.

 

For more information, call the Highland Road Park Observatory at 225-768-9948 or go online to http://hrpo.lsu.edu.

 

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