Informal Visitor Night: Perseid Meteor Shower

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Sun, 08/11/2013 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Timothy Carelton
Graduate Student
UCI Observatory
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Open to public: 

The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs on the nights of Aug 11th and 12th as the Earth swings through debris left behind prior passages of Comet 109P/Swift­Tuttle. It is usually the most impressive meteor shower of the year, and more meteors than normal can be seen a few days before and after those nights.

Besides looking at the meteors from a dark site, come to catch a glimpse at Saturn and star clusters through two of our telescopes. A short lecture entitled, Meteor Showers and Solar System Debris, will be presented by graduate student Timothy Carelton beginning at approximately 8:20 pm.

Visitor Nights are open to the Friends of the UCI Observatory and to the public. We thank the Friends of the UCI Observatory for their financial support which enables the UCI Observatory to provide Visitor Nights and activities to the community. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend of the UCI Observatory click here or you may make a donation on line via our secure e-giving website at or by mail UCI Observatory Pledge Form. Although reservations are not required, we would appreciate RSVP's for purposes of planning and logistics. 

Please note that this is an "informal" Visitor Night and there wil NOT be shuttle bus service from the parking garage, but visitors can park along the Observatory's gravel road free of charge. A porta-potty and sink will be available at the site. 

Please remember to dress warmly and bring flash lights.  We heartily encourage amateur astronomers to bring their own telescopes to share with our visitors. For additional information about Visitor Nights, please see Information for directions and parking for this "informal" event can be found at

Click here for a poster advertising this event.