Prospective stargazers have the opportunity to not only witness a spectacular celestial show and do something for charity. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is holding a special fundraising event at Fort Normandeau. Since meteor showers usually takes place at the same time every year, the show is guaranteed to be interesting as the shower is one of the best ones to observe.
The center is holding and adult-only event which will feature, among other attractions a 10 mile sourced dinner made under the guidance of a local chef, beverages by Troubled monk, an astronomy discussion, live ambient music and a silent auction. It is planned to be an exclusivist experience, as only 30 tickets have been printed and some are still available. The aim is to provide a unique gastronomic and cultural experience which will also help local suppliers and the center itself.
Participants will also have the chance to use the 30-cm reflecting telescope which will give them an amazing look at Jupiter, Saturn Mars, the galaxy and other star clusters. While telescope is not mandatory in order to enjoy the show, people should come dressed in warm clothes for the evening.
People are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets in order to enjoy the show despite the chill weather. The best nights for admiring the Perseid shower are August 11 and 12 but most star gazers can find something to see even before or after these dates. According to a center representative, the stargazing will start at around 10 p.m.
The Perseids are caused by the Swift-Tuttle comet, or to be more exact, by the debris it leaves behind after it passes around Earth. When Earth passes through the debris, they enter our atmosphere and start to burn, offering the familiar spectacle enjoyed by many people around Earth every year.
For interested persons, tickets can be purchased directly at the centre for $75.