The Perseids always fall around my mom’s birthday, and growing up I remember many a birthday party that involved clambering into the car and getting away from city lights. The challenge was to see more than Dad.
We’d make dutch oven Gingerbread with Peaches and serve it with ice cream, kept cool under a brick of dry ice. This weekend, my husband and I will be throwing a mattress out on the back lawn and sleeping under the stars (if the monsoons stay away, that is–cross your fingers!). Join in the fun!
The stars are aligning for a perfect weekend star party: The moon will be tiny and coming up late in the evening, the weather is warm, and it’s a weekend! Time to throw out some blankets and stare at the night sky.
And the best part? It’s free.
The universe is conspiring to create some fireworks (a.k.a. The Perseid Meteor Shower), and the best time to see them will be Saturday night (the peak is apparently Sunday at noon, but, that won’t work for obvious reasons). There should be 50-100 meteors per hour (don’t be disappointed if you don’t quite see that many). The meteors are tiny fragments of thousand-year-old debris associated with the Swift-Tuttle Comet.
Check here for more info on the meteors and other things astronomical.
Watching meteors is a great family event that develops focus in little ones. Want to share the night sky with your kids? Here are a few pointers on getting set up: (more…)