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      Showers with Friends! --Meteor shower viewing at Montrose Beach 8/11 and 8/12 in Chicago

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      August 11, 2012 - August 12, 2012

      Saturday   9:00 PM - Sunday 12:00 AM

      Montrose/Lake Shore Drive
      Chicago, Illinois 60613

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      Showers with Friends! --Meteor shower viewing at Montrose Beach 8/11 and 8/12

      Chicago residents will have a special opportunity to view the annual Perseid Meteor Shower of shooting stars the weekend of August 11 and 12 at Montrose Beach and 12th Street Beach. In partnership with the Illinois Science Council, the Chicago Park District will extend access hours at these two beaches until midnight to allow people to view shooting stars. (Participants need to remain on the beach and not enter the water.)

      Best viewing of this annual astronomical event is in the night sky in mid-August. In 2012, the Perseids’ peak activity takes place August 11-13 in the evenings through pre-dawn hours. While stargazing in Chicago is hampered by light pollution, the City’s position west of the lake is fortunate. Ideal viewing for Chicagoans, aside from driving away from the City, is along the lakefront, facing northeast away from city lights and toward rising stars. The moon phase this year – a late-rising waning crescent – also helps. It will not be too bright to interfere with viewing on that date, provided the sky is clear of clouds.

      The Perseid Meteor Shower phenomenon occurs when the earth’s orbit passes through the cloud of particles ejected from the comet Swift-Tuttle as it travels on its 130-year orbit. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear (to come) in the sky, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. This display of “shooting stars” is visible in the night sky for several weeks each year, with peak activity between August 9 and 14. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the Swift-Tuttle's orbit path, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.

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      Categories: Kids & Family | Outdoors & Recreation | Science

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