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Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower Sunday Morning in Marr Park

Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 6:20 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

An annual light show in the sky will be happening this early Sunday morning, and residents are invited to watch it at Marr Park.

Washington County Conservation is hosting a program during the Perseid meteor shower. Perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year, the Perseids are the rubble left over from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Naturalist Pam Holz says the best time to view the show is during the early morning hours, when the Earth is turned head on into the debris stream, which is why the viewing will be held at 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

During the viewing Holz will share meteor shower information, celestial facts, and stories about the constellation Perseus, “The Perseids meteor shower is named for Perseus because the falling stars seem to emanate from the constellation Perseus, and there’s a whole big story with Perseus in Greek mythology in several constellations in that area [that] are connected to that story.”

The “Early Morning Showers” program will begin at 4 a.m. Sunday at the mini-lake parking lot in Marr Park. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair, or pillow to lie on. If the sky is overcast or raining the program will be cancelled.