Perseid meteor shower Star Party tonight | Arts & Culture
If the storm clouds clear we'll be in for an incredible show from the stars tonight, and the Nez Perce National Historical Park wants to make sure you get the most out of it.
Ranger Kevin Peters and Lewis-Clark State College Professor Emeritus Dr. Victor Kriss will hose a Perseid meteor shower Start Party tonight, August 12, at the park in Spalding.
Starting at 8:00 pm at the visitor center, Kriss will talk about the meteor shower and its origin, and Peters will talk about the influence of stars in the Nez Perce culture.
As the sky darkens, everyone will be invited to go outside and view the shooting stars. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, and something warm to wear.
The actual peak of the meteor shower will be at about midnight, but a bright moon will interfere with the best watching. However, the meteors at around 9 or 10 pm should be long, spectacular shooting stars – about one every five minutes.
To view the meteors you only need to find a dark location away from streetlights and watch anywhere in the sky away from where the moon appears.