Astronomy Students, Faculty to Lead Viewing of Meteor Shower

By: Contributor Last Updated: August 4, 2010

Valparaiso University astronomy students and professor Bruce Hrivnak will lead a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 13 at Taltree Arboretum. taltreelogo

During “Dancing with the Stars and Taltree,” Hrivnak and his students will discuss meteors and meteor showers, point out constellations, and answer general questions about astronomy while the public views the Perseid meteor shower and celestial objects through several small telescopes.

The Perseid meteor shower, which will reach its peak Aug. 11 to 13, has been observed for approximately 2,000 years and at its peak more than 60 meteors can be seen every hour.

Hrivnak said the dark skies at Taltree should make it one of the best sites in Northwest Indiana to view the Perseid meteor shower.

 

It promises to be an evening of interest for the entire family,” Hrivnak said.

The event will begin at sunset, approximately 8 p.m., with viewing of the moon. Viewing of fainter objects through telescopes, including meteor watching, will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring a flashlight, mosquito repellent and a reclining chair or blanket. VU_seal

The entrance to Taltree closes at 8:30 p.m. and the event is free to Taltree members and $5 for non-members.

In case of cloudy or rainy weather, the event will be canceled. To confirm the event will be held, call 219-464-5202 or 219-462-0025 after 5 p.m. on Aug. 13.