Posted August 10, 2018 at 11:21 AM | Updated August 10, 2018 at 11:22 AM
By Tanda Gmiter | MLive
If you love watching meteors streaking across a dark sky, this is your weekend.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is peaking over the next couple days. Nights will be extra-dark because we’re in a New Moon phase, and the forecast is calling for clear skies.
Astronomers say Perseid watchers could see more than 100 meteors an hour shooting across the sky, especially after midnight this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Nearly 20 Michigan state parks, as well as Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Northern Michigan, are hosting events tied to Perseid viewing. Following is a list of them, so you can pick one convenient for you.
Staying home for the big show? Find a lawn chair that reclines, or blow up an airbed or pool float and drag it outside for a comfortable spot.
Then just lay back and enjoy.
Joel Bissell | MLive.com
Clouds begin to take over the sky during the perseid meteor shower at Little Sable Point Lighthouse at Golden Township, just south of Silver Lake State Park in the early morning of Thursday, August 13, 2015.
METEORS ‘N SMORES
Once again, the state park system in Michigan is hosting several “Meteors ‘N Smores” events across both peninsulas this weekend to mark the event.
Here are the details: “Catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during ‘Meteors & S’mores’ in participating parks Aug. 9-13, 2018. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best opportunities to see shooting stars with the naked eye.
“Bring blankets, seating, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing – campers and visitors are all welcome! Complimentary s’mores and campfires are part of the celebration. Designated viewing areas and viewing times will be specified at each park.”
Here is a list of participating state parks:
TPhoto courtesy of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Milky Way unfurls over Sleeping Bear Dunes
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