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This is the best place to go if you really want to see the Perseid meteor shower

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory opens its doors to those wishing to observe the Perseid meteor shower on August 12.
August 03, 2017 - 11:05 AM

KALEDEN - The Perseid meteor shower is going to light up the night sky next weekend, Aug. 12 and the best chance to see it is in the South Okanagan.

In order to allow an unobstructed view of the annual shower, the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is inviting you down to for a closer look.

"This special evening is one of the most spectacular meteor events to occur regularly, where it’s common to see 80 meteors an hour," according to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory press release issued today, August 3.

Astronomers Ken Tapping, Roland Kothes, Tom Landecker, Chris Purton and Ryan Ransom will talk about this celestial event and guide your observations of the night sky. Telescopes will be provided by the Royal Astronomical Society so you will only need to bring you a blanket or lawn chair, and warm clothing. 

Smoke or clouds should not dissuade you from going to this event, 16km South of Penticton, because if the weather is bad the grounds will still be open and talks presented.

The event details are as follows:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

7:15 p.m. PT (Gates open)
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. PT (Astronomer lead talks with Q&A)
9:30 - 11 p.m. PT (optimal meteor viewing)

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
717 White Lake Rd
Kaleden, BC

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