CEDAR CITY — Following up the intense brightness of supermoon on Sunday, stargazers can once again look to the skies for another annual cosmic event: the Perseid meteor shower.
According to NASA’s website, larger meteor showers like the Perseids are caused when Earth travels through a region where small debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle are located. Once passing into Earth’s atmosphere, the ice and dust that once made up the comet burn up and create one of the larger meteor showers of the year.
The Perseid meteor showers peak each year around Aug. 11-12 and are best seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Those planning to search for the meteors should direct their eyes to just below the star constellation Cassiopeia and to the left of the constellation Perseus.
While the meteor shower is able to be seen without the use of a telescope, telescopes will provide viewers with a better chance of seeing the true beauty the event.
The National Park Service will be hosting a star party in celebration of the Perseid meteor shower. The public is invited to gather at Cedar Breaks National Monument at 9 p.m., where use of several telescopes will be facilitated by the park staff and other volunteers. Guests are also invited to bring their own telescopes if they wish.
In the event of inclement weather, the star party may be canceled. Those planning to attend are encouraged to call the Cetar Breaks Visitors Center with any questions they have regarding the event.
For those unable to attend the event at Cedar Breaks, NASA is providing a Ustream and live chat event where the public can view video of the meteor shower over the Marshall Space Flight Center. Three members of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office will also be on hand to answer questions from viewers via a live Web-chat.
The Ustream video of the meteor shower is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., with the live web-chat beginning at 9 p.m.
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