The earth's orbit is crossing into the debris path of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which last passed through the inner solar system in 1992! The peak of the year's Perseid meteor shower will be competing with the full moon.
The bright moon will dominate the sky throughout the night of August 13. However, it is not too early to start searching the night sky for the flashes of light now. Choose a dark location and seek out the flashes of light passing across the sky. The O'Brien County Conservation Board will be hosting a Perseid Meteor Shower party on Thursday, Aug. 11 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Come to the Prairie Heritage Center to learn more about meteors, moons and constellations. After learning some facts indoors, participants will head to the prairie to scope out the night sky. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend some time enjoying the summer night. For more information, contact the Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.