The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host a viewing party for the Perseid Meteor Shower. Activities will start at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at the KWEC, 592 NE K-156, Great Bend, said Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator.
Children can play with Stardust Slime, creating their own star art and following the trek of Perseus on a star walk prior to the actual stargazing. This meteor shower got its name because the meteors appear to come from the constellation Perseus.
“Everyone can enjoy s’mores roasted over a fire along with other refreshments while we watch the sky,” Aycock said.
The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year in the beginning of August when the earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. It’s one of the most exciting meteor showers in the northern hemisphere, with over 50 meteors per hour at its peak.
The Fort Hays State University Science and Mathematics Education Institute’s inflatable planetarium will be on site for guaranteed star gazing.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for more comfortable stargazing.
For more information call the KWEC, 877-243-9268.