If you’ve missed out on previous astronomical events because either you’ve been sleeping, or your neighborhood has too much light, here’s a great offer from the Bass River State Forest.

A free Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing is happening there Thursday night into early Friday morning.  You’re invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and look up in the sky.  There’s no need to register.  Just park at the lake parking lot and walk up to the lake.  Organizers say there’s no need to bring a telescope or binoculars.  The skyshow might show us up to 150 meteors per hour!  Astronomers say that’s more than usual so get ready for what could be one of the best shows ever!

The darkness of the park will make it easier to see the Perseids than if you were sitting in your back yard, with flood lights and street lights interfering.  As for the lateness of the house, you’ll have to find a way to stay awake.  Perhaps a midday nap or some night time caffeine can help.

Heavy clouds, rain, and/or thunder will move the event to Friday night.

For more information, call the Forest office at 609-296-1114.

Do you like to sit out and watch the annual Perseids Meteor Shower? What’s your favorite viewing spot?