Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

Photo by Ryan Hallock

Join us on August 12 for the Perseid Meteor Shower!

Beginning at 8 PM on August 12, we’ll be out on a LandTrust conserved property (185 Old Thayer Mill Rd, Troy, NC) for a night of stargazing!

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. They will be in “outburst” this year, which means they’ll appear at double the usual rates- instead of seeing 80 meteors per hour, the rate could be between 150-200 meteors per hour!

The meteors will seem to originate from the constellation Perseus, which appears on the horizon at about 10 PM. The real show, however, will be after midnight when the moon sets and the most meteors will be visible. The meteors can appear all over the sky, but they will always look like they’re streaking away from Perseus.

For our watch, you will need a comfortable chair or blanket to sit on. Attendees have the option to camp overnight. No dogs are allowed except certified service dogs. This event is limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-serve basis but there will be a waiting list. 

This event is free but there is a $10 suggested donation to cover our porta-potty rental, snacks, and water!

Click here to learn more about the Perseids

Learn about other great stargazing spots in NC