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Perseid Meteor Shower


According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year; and in 2018, they'll be the best shower of the year. During the Perseids' peak this week, spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour. The meteor shower's peak will be visible both the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, Cooke said, but he's inclined this year to lean toward the night of Aug. 12-13 for the better show. (Both, however, should be spectacular.)

"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight," Cooke told "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it." The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be even better.


Where to watch these incredible fireballs? At the Dark Sky Park located with Port Crescent State Day Use Park just west of Port Austin. For more info on the Dark Sky Park, click here

The Dark Sky Preserve is located within the Port Crescent State Day Use Park. A popular place to set up for viewing is next to the beach. Parking in lot C will bring you closest to this area. Remember to lower your headlights when entering the parking lot so you don't interrupt fellow stargazers. 

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  • 2000 Port Austin Road, Port Austin, MI 48467

  • GPS: 44° 0.25200, -83° 3.73380

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