ADA - The ONU Observatory will be open to the public on Monday, Aug. 12, from 9 to 11 p.m. Come to see the Perseid Meteor Shower. This is usually one of the best annual meteor showers in terms of numbers of meteors per hour.

The local conditions will actually be the best after midnight as the constellation Perseus (containing the radiant of the shower) rises higher above the horizon and the Moon sets. We will have our telescopes trained on the Moon, Saturn, Venus, and other deep sky objects. Those staring at the open sky may be treated to a shooting star, or meteor.

Meteors are grains of cometary material entering the Earth's atmosphere at 10-80 kilometers per second. The Perseid meteors originated in the comet Swift-Tuttle which last visited the inner solar system in 1992.

This event will be cancelled on the afternoon of August 12 if cloudy weather is in the forecast.