A free star party and astronomy presentation entitled “The Amazing World of Asteroids and Comets” will be held Aug. 12, at Dynamic Earth.
The astronomy presentation, led by staff scientist and astronomer Simon McMillan will kick off at 8 p.m., followed by outdoor night sky observing at 9 p.m., weather permitting.
Interested individuals should call the Science North Star Party Hotline at 522-3701, ext. 243, after 6 p.m. on the night of the event, to get more details. Star parties are generously supported by Celestron.
The Perseid meteor shower is among one of the most reliable astronomy events in history, and has been observed for about 2,000 years.
Every year, the Earth passes through the Perseid cloud, which stretches along the orbit of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseid cloud includes dust, ice and rock that was ejected from the comet, and that debris enters Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high rates of speed, sometimes travelling as fast as 216,000 kilometres per hour.
The meteors burn up and are usually vaporized about 100 kilometres above Earth’s atmosphere.
This stellar light show is courtesy of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this year on Aug. 12.
Fortunately for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, we’ve got the best seat in the house. This year’s meteor shower may create more than 100 visible shooting stars per hour.
You can also learn more about the night sky with a visit to Science North during Unbelievable Universe Week, Aug. 12-18. The week’s activities include solar observations, bottle rocket launches, a build your own telescope workshop and more.
The Sudbury Astronomy Club will also be in Space Place at Science North at 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 17 to present a talk about observing the night sky.
On Aug. 16 Dr. Eric Vazquez Jauregui will lead a presentation entitled about the science of SNOLAB. For more information visit sciencenorth.ca/summer.
Unbelievable Weeks of Summer events and performances are supported by the Government of Ontario through the Celebrate Ontario program.