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METEOR SHOWER VIEWING AT POTAWATOMI WILDLIFE PARK

August 7, 2012
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08/08/12 Potawatomi Wildlife Park, located south of Bourbon, invites you to use its observing field beginning at dark Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11 for the peak of this year’s viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower.  Make sure to check the weather for sky conditions.

A telescope or binoculars are not required to enjoy meteor showers. Items to make your outing more enjoyable can include a blanket, lounge chair, bug spray, snacks, and a jacket for those cooler evenings.

Potawatomi Wildlife Park is Indiana’s only Dark Sky Preserve.  The Observing Field is located within the park north of the flag poles and is open to the general public free of charge.

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle.  The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for 2000 years and is visible each year from mid-July to peak activity between August 9 and 14.  During the peak, the rate of meteors can reach 60 or more per hour.  They can be seen all across the sky and are particularly visible in the northern hemisphere.  On a clear night, they are described as bright and colorful.

For more information visit: getintonature.com or call 574-498-6550

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