Meteor shower expected Tuesday

Star gazers and night owls may not want to miss this party Tuesday night.

Star gazers and night owls may not want to miss this party Tuesday night.

Fort Normandeau is hosting a star party to watch the Perseid meteor shower, which is expected to have twice as many falling stars as usual. The annual mid-August light show is caused by the falling debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The Fort Normandeau party runs from 10 p.m. on Tuesday to 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Mother Nature is expected to serve up clear skies for the light show.

“I have learned that NASA is predicting up to twice as many meteors, as well as some fireballs for the upcoming peak of the Perseid meteor shower on Tuesday night/Wednesday night,” said Kathryn Huedepohl, public programmer for Waskasoo Park Interpretive Program, which includes Fort Normandeau.

The meteor shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between Aug. 8 to 14, peaking on Aug. 12 when the rate of meteors can reach 60 or more an hour.

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