By Mario Carr
It’s going to be a great year for the annual Perseid Metoer Shower.
The meteor shower, which peaks August 12 is considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year and from a dark sky you could see 50-80 meteors per hour.
Once again, the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will open the gates at Binbrook Conservation Area to hold its annual free Perseid Meteor Shower Public Night on Saturday August 11 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
The event is located at 5050 Harrison Road in Binbrook and has always been a crowd pleaser, drawing hundreds of visitors. If you plan to attend, you don’t need a telescope just a lot of curiosity. You should bring a blanket, groundsheet or lounge chair because lying down is the preferred method to enjoy the cosmic show.
You can also listen to a night sky tour, touch meteorites and gaze through telescopes. Mosquitoes can be nasty at this time of year, so apply repellent, wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
The club will also be collecting non-perishable food or cash donations on behalf of Hamilton Foodshare and any help you can give would be appreciated. The event may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions so check the club’s website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org for any notices before leaving home.
Here are August stargazing events, which are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.
August 14 – The crescent Moon is above Venus in the early western evening sky.
August 20 – The Moon is near Saturn in the southern evening sky.
August 23 – The Moon is near Mars in the southern evening sky.
For more information, see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323. The club offers a basic astronomy course for members.
Mario Carr is the club’s director of publicity and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarioCCarr