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Guests are invited to watch the Perseid meteors blaze across the night sky over Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park’s sixth annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze, Aug. 11.
Hosted by Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services, the event runs from 8:30-11 p.m. CDT at the park’s beach pavilion. In addition to meteor watching, the Stargaze offers other astronomy-related activities and educational programs.
Night sky maps and Native American sky lore begin at 8:30 p.m. at the beach pavilion. After 9 p.m., the stars will begin to appear. Constellation talks will highlight the many star formations that can be viewed this time of year.
A waning moon will offer unparalleled viewing of the night sky over Lake Michigan, and naturalists will have a telescope for deep sky viewing. All activities are free after the standard gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $10 per out-of-state vehicle. Although a telescope is on-sight, a Celestron Travel Scope 70 Portable Telescope is handy.
The Perseid Meteor Stargaze is made possible with support from the Friends of Indiana Dunes. For more information, call(219) 926-1390. Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304. (Thanks for the information Nora Glenn!)