8/12/2023 | Cuivre River State Park | Troy, MO
Each August, the Earth moves into the path of debris left behind by the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle to create the Perseid meteor shower. While the peak will happen closer to dawn on Sunday, the evening "shooting stars" are some of the most stunning – even the day or two before peak. As the sun sets and the Earth moves into the path of the debris, some of the debris will skip off of the atmosphere, often creating meteors that are very bright and colorful. These "Earth-grazers" are long and slow and can be a variety of colors. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best showers of the year, and you can often see 90 or more meteors per hour during the peak.
Join the naturalists at the big field in Camp Sherwood Forest for a meteor shower watch party! Bring insect repellent, a flashlight and a blanket, and lie under the stars in our grassy area. While we wait for the meteors, the naturalist will point out constellations and tell folklore relating to the night sky. Gates to Camp Sherwood will open at 8 p.m., and the event will begin about an hour later. Follow the "Special Event" signs in the park to Camp Sherwood.
For more information about this event, call the park office at 636-528-7247.
Event Time: 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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