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Annual meteor shower watch party offers ‘Out of this World’ fun

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located northeast of Great Bend on K-156, is gearing up for its annual “Out of this World” Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party. The public is invited to join the KWEC staff for this free, family-friendly activity from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12.

Each year, as the Earth passes through the dust and debris of the Swift-Tuttle comet, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center celebrates the end of summer with guests by watching the meteors or shooting stars as they burn in our atmosphere. This event coincides with the anticipated peak in meteor shower activity for the month. Stargazers may be able to spot from 60-100 meteors per hour during this time.

The night before the watch party, on August 11, there will be a Supermoon – the full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth for the calendar year. While sponsors anticipate some potential light pollution from Supermoon, the show will go on regardless of the conditions.

Guests at the meteor show watch party can also take advantage of an opportunity to learn about the science behind the remarkable images recently delivered by the James Webb Space Telescope.  

The Webb telescope is the successor of the Hubbel Space Telescope. It uses giant mirrors to create infrared images. Those in attendance can learn how this infrared energy works through a hands-on experiment. Event participants will also be able to walk through a massive star’s life cycle while creating a take-home reminder of the process.

Other hands-on activities include creating a spiral galaxy with a spin and paint machine, building a solar-powered moon base welcome sign, enjoying a view of the night sky, and listening to stories about the constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and munch on s’mores as they scan the night skies.  

More information about the KWEC can be found at or by calling 877-243-9268.