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Event Pick: Perseid Meteor Shower

August 10, 2010 by in Uncategorized

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Philadelphia Weekly, August 10, 2010

The Perseid meteor shower—that annual bit of celestial razzle-dazzle that’s nature’s glittery apology for August weather—peaks tonight with estimates of more than a hundred meteors sweeping across the sky per hour. Philly’s lights are enough to curtain the whole show, however, so you have to be enterprising to catch these shooting stars. The Franklin Institute’s Observatory has all the equipment you need for some serious astronomical moonlighting, including star maps and five high-tech telescopes. And their knowledgeable staff can tell Mars from the nearest phone tower, even if you can’t. The evening includes a planetarium show and an educational presentation, but the biggest attraction is space’s own. Don’t miss it straining the wrong direction on your roof with binoculars. (Lauren Smith)

6pm. $5. Joel N. Bloom Observatory at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1200. fi.edu

Photo: The Franklin Institute 

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