Thursday, August 5, 2010

Perseids meteor shower viewing planned at Thompson Lake landing at Emiquon

The public is invited to a walk-and-talk event entitled “The Perseids and Thompson Lake” which will be led by Dr. John Martin, assistant professor of astronomy/physics at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The event will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Thompson Lake landing at Emiquon Preserve in rural Lewistown.

Martin will present an introduction to the annual Perseid meteor shower under the dark skies of the Emiquon Preserve. The Sangamon Astronomical Society will also be on hand to share views of the sky through their telescopes.

Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for being outdoors and encouraged to bring binoculars.

The event was featured in a August 5, 2010, article by the Canton Daily Ledger.

Download a PDF of the article