Best Place to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

The St. Louis Science Center is hosting a "cheap date night" event for stargazers.

A stargazer at heart? This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak for viewing the evening of Aug. 11 through early morning Aug. 12. 

With clear skies in the forecast -- for now, anyway -- the meteor shower's annual summertime appearance will last through the weekend.

To celebrate, the St. Louis Science Center is providing what it's dubbed a "cheap date night" for an evening of viewing the stars, sci-fi film "When Worlds Collide," and learning about the Greek mythology origins of the Perseids.

While the Science Center will have a cash bar (and you have to be 21 or older to attend the event for $10 per person), the meteor shower presentation will only be a simulation.

To view it in person, you may want to get out of the city for a better view of the night sky. City lights will interfere with the atmosphere and prevent a clearer look at space.

A San Francisco Weekly blog shared tips for getting the best look at the Perseids applicable to anyone, anywhere. A few notables include allowing time to adjust your eyes to the dark and refraining from checking your cell phone (tough, right?) within 30 minutes of your stargazing experience.

NASA will have a live stream of the Perseids the evening of Aug. 11 as well as an online chat session with meteor shower experts.

Joe August 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The San Francisco Weekly blog linked to in this article was not exactly family friendly.
Bryanna Hampton August 10, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Joe, sorry about that. Unfortunately, I don't have control over the ads and stories in the culture blog of SF Weekly. :) A few days ago, when I put this together, the surrounding material wasn't as "interesting." Hopefully the blog itself helped!


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