The folks at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck have sent word on a neat meteor shower celebration they are having. From August 11-14, the Perseid meteor shower can be seen best in the Northern Hemisphere. According to a newsletter sent by the park, “This interstellar exhibition occurs each year as the ear crosses the orbital path of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Bits and pieces of the gigantic gaseous ice ball trail behind the comet and fall to earth, burning in our upper atmosphere. These particles, often no bigger than a grain of sand, illuminate the night sky at a rate of 50 meteors an hour. A good showing is predicted for this year as a waning crescent moon will guarantee dark skies.”
Park staff will celebrate the Perseid meteor shower with a special meteor shower lake cruise (from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.) on August 11, a kayak tour (from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) on August 12, a golf course safari (from 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.) on August 13 and a hike on August 14. More details on the events can be found at the park website at degray.com.