Join the CCE of Broome County for an astronomy night observation to view the Perseid Meteor Shower.
The Perseid's are an annual meteor shower which flashes over New York's skies every August. We are lucky enough to have the shower peak over the weekend of August 12th, which is also near August's new moon for optimal viewing conditions.
Named after the constellation Perseus, the Perseid Meteor Shower puts on a dazzling show of around one-hundred meteors (aka shooting stars) every hour when at its peak. Participants can also expect to see other celestial bodies such as planets, constellations, and even the Milky Way!
It takes roughly half an hour for human eyes to fully adjust to night-time darkness and be able to fully enjoy the night sky. During this hour-long program participants will be given ample time to adjust and be able to view the shower while listening to tales and mythology of the constellations that decorate our summer-night skies.
The night observation will be held at Aqua-Terra in the lake-side field. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to lay on, as well as some layers to stay warm. The use of flashlights and cellphones is discouraged once the observation begins so everyone's eyes can properly adjust for optimal viewing.
We are proud to offer this program free of charge for community members of all ages. Any youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free of Charge
Aqua-Terra Wilderness Area
Binghamton, NY 13903
Last updated June 6, 2023