Meteor Showers fill Pittsburg’s Night Sky

The Perseid Meteor Shower is coming to a night sky above you soon!

Perseid Meteor and Lightning

Perseid Meteor and Lightning, How Cool! From EarthSky.org, this photographer caught a meteor and lightning over Sun Valley, Idaho.

Pittsburg is an awesome spot to view the meteor show and Lopstick cabins have a front row seat to the show! The show begins at dark and picks up in intensity after midnight. In the pre-dawn hours the intensity can be as many as 50 meteors per hour. The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is August 10-13, 2013 but meteors are observed before  those dates with less intensity.

How can you observe the meteor shower while on vacation at Lopstick?

  • Take a leisurely afternoon nap so you can stay up late
  • Pick up campfire necessities, wood, marshmallows and s’more ingredients
  • Sign up for Jim’s Saturday Night Star Gazing at Lopstick to be able to identify stars in the night sky
  • Gather friends around the campfire to tall tales, eat marshmallows and/or s’mores
  • Watch the night sky for an increasing number of meteors (falling stars)
  • Make a Wish!

So what is the Perseid Meteor Shower? The Earth passes the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Turtle and the shower is comet dust colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere. This comet rubble slams into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at 130,000 miles per hour, yikes!

Want a more up close and personal look at the meteor shower? Just over the border in Quebec is the Mont Megantic Observatoire. This mountain top observatory hosts a special night for the public to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Most signs and the lecture is in French but the sights are stunning. The Observatory is located 20 minutes over the border. For more information on the Astro Lab, click here.

Want to learn more about the Perseid Meteor Shower? Here is everything you need to know!

The nights are crisp and clear in northern New Hampshire. There are no city lights to restrict the view of the night’s sky. Join us for the Perseid Meteor Shower!

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Pittsburg is an awesome spot to view the meteor show and Lopstick cabins have a front row seat to the show! The show begins at dark and picks up in intensity after midnight. In the pre-dawn hours the intensity can be as many as 50 meteors per hour.

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