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Check out this months forcast of the night sky at Pickering Astronomy, by Pickering Naturalists member Frank Dempsey

http://pickeringastronomy.blogspot.ca/

 

Perseid Meteor Shower Outing

For this Year's Date & Time, see our Outings page.

Leader: Steve LaForest

Meet at Greenwood C.A., northwest parking lot.  

Annually approximately August 12 - 13, the earth sweeps through debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle.  The encounter results in a meteor shower.  As the tiny particles streak through earth’s upper atmosphere.

Steve will point out the late summer constellations, stars and planets.

People may want to bring their binoculars for looking at stars.  If you have a spotting scope (or even an astronomical telescope) it might be a good idea to bring that along too.  For those who have neither - a pair of eyes will do!  There may be some mosquitoes at dusk, so please dress accordingly.  Also note that it is generally quite a bit cooler after sunset, so bring along a jacket and maybe a sweater or two as well.  For the ultimate in meteor-viewing pleasure, a folding lounge chair is ideal.

Directions for Greenwood C.A.: From Hwy 401, take the Westney Road exit (exit # 401) and go north 6 km to the 5th Concession Road, turn left (west) and go 1 km to Church St., turn left (south) and go ~0.2 km to the parking lot on the left (east) side.  Note – do NOT follow signs into the main C.A. parking lot off Westney and Greenwood Road.

Anyone wishing to check ahead may contact me through the website: www.pickeringnaturalists.org or email pn@pickeringnaturalists.org.  If conditions look questionable in August I will send an email later that afternoon to reschedule to the rain/cloud date .  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Note that this is a family-friendly event!

 

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