Perseid Meteor Shower 2020 - Under the Perseids
- Frosty Drew Observatory & Sky Theatre
- Wed, Aug 12, 2020 8:30 pm - Thu, Aug 13, 2020 1:00 am
- $5 Suggested Donation per person 5 years and older
Update: Please note that this event is still tentative based on the rapidly changing situation regarding the global pandemic. We will provide updated information to this event as soon as we receive the necessary information. Thank you for your patience.
Overnight August 12-13th, 2020 will bring the Perseid Meteor Shower peak to the skies over Frosty Drew Observatory, blazing the starscape with up to 100+ meteors per hour. The Perseids are considered by many to be the best meteor shower of the year, and in 2020 we are setup for an okay night of meteor watching. Best case scenario has no Moon for the entire night, though tonight we will have the 31% waning crescent Moon rising at 12:28 am, which will obscure some of the dimmer Perseid meteors. Perseids will start appearing more frequently after 10:00 pm, with the shower really take off shortly after midnight, which is when the Moon becomes somewhat problematic. The peak occurs in the early morning hours of August 13th just before dawn. Certainly an amazing night to be under the wide open, super dark skies at Frosty Drew Observatory.
Join Frosty Drew astronomers at the Observatory on August 12, 2019, weather permitting, to witness this spectacular event. We will open the Observatory and Sky Theatre at 8:30 pm with our regular Stargazing Night event. In the Observatory, telescopes will showcase the night sky starting until meteors start becoming frequent, usually around 10:00 pm. Telescopic views of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and more will serve as a mesmerizing start to a great night. Once meteors become frequent, we will all make our way outside to view the spectacular meteor shower. We may have portable telescopes available throughout the night with some great views of deep sky objects. The Sky Theatre will remain open all night with videos and showcases of celestial objects we have photographed at Frosty Drew Observatory.
Bring your friends and family. Break out your lawn chairs and blankets, *binoculars, and telescopes. Sit under the beautifully clear dark skies of Charlestown, Rhode Island and have a fabulous astronomy experience as shooting stars blaze the sky!
Take a minute to read up on visiting the Frosty Drew Observatory and catch up on what to / not to bring and how to adequately prepare for a comfortable nigh of meteor watching.
See you under Perseid skies!
*Binoculars and telescopes are welcome but are not needed to view the meteor shower. This event is a weather dependent event. Cloudy skies, fog, and / or rain will cancel this event.