Perseid Meteor Shower 2022 - CLOSED
- Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
- Thu, Aug 11, 2022 - CLOSED
- This event has been cancelled due to weather.
[bold[UPDATE: August 11, 2022 13:48 ==============
Tonight's forecast is calling for mostly cloudy to overcast sky conditions with fog. There is also an increase in wildfire smoke over our region this weekend. Considering that the full Moon is already a concern with viewing meteors, we are going to cancel tonight's event. We are unsure about tomorrow night (Friday, August 12, 2022) though weather is not looking too promising for that event either.
The early morning of August 12th and 13th, 2022 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, but in 2022 we are setup for a rather small display due to the Full Moon being present all night long. Bright Moon light obscures our view of meteor activity when the Moon is above the horizon, with the Full Moon being worse case scenario. The Full Moon will outshine all but the brightest Perseid meteors. Perseids will start appearing more frequently after 10:00 pm, with the shower really taking off shortly after midnight. The peak occurs in the early morning hours of August 12th and 13th just before dawn.
Join Frosty Drew astronomers at the Observatory on August 11, 2022 and again on August 12, 2022, weather permitting, to witness this spectacular event. We will open the Observatory, Observatory Courtyard, Sky Theatre, and Science Center at 8:30 p.m. In the Observatory, telescopes will showcase the night sky until meteors start becoming frequent, usually around 10:30 p.m. Telescopic views of Saturn, 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 meteor shower. We may have portable telescopes available throughout the night with some great views of the planets and brighter stars. The Science Center and Sky Theatre will remain open all night with videos and showcases of celestial objects we have photographed at Frosty Drew Observatory.
A ticket is required for admission at tonight's event!
Important information about tickets:
- A ticket is required for each person in your party / group that is over 4 years of age.
- Tickets will NOT be available on site, and must be purchased beforehand online.
- Tickets will be checked at the Observatory main gate, either electronically or physically.
- The name on the ticket must match the name of the ticket holder.
- Tickets are non-refundable.
- This event is weather dependent and cancellations will be posted on the day of the event.
- We cannot guarantee the weather and seeing meteor activity is very dependent on clear conditions.
- All ticket holders can stay on the campus for the entire duration of the event.
Tickets are required for visitors to attend this event. Tickets are $5 per person. Once tickets become available, they can be acquired here. Tickets usually become available a day or so before the event. This is due to the weather dependent nature of the event. If you are reading this, then tickets have not been made available yet.
Bring your friends and family. Break out your lawn chairs and blankets, *binoculars, and telescopes. Sit under the beautifully clear dark sky 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 Science Center and catch up on what to / not to bring and how to adequately prepare for a comfortable nigh of meteor watching.
Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus or in Ninigret Park from dusk - dawn, with the exception of low bean headlights while in motion. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all and to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District.
See you under the Perseids!
*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.