A yearly phenomenon takes place tonight, and Weldon Springs State Park invites you out to the park to enjoy it.
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will take place tonight, and Weldon Springs will host be hosting "A Shower of Stardust - the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower" event at 10 pm in the Meadowview Picnic Area. Carol Thompson, Natural Resources Coordinator at the park explains this is one of the largest meteor showers of the year. She notes the other one is in December.
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The meteor shower comes about as the earth travels through a stream of cosmic debris and the atmosphere incinerates tiny particles. According to Thompson, this results in 50-60 "shooting stars" per hour.
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The park will have a fire ready and will provide crackers, chocolates, and marshmallows for s'mores. The park is extending their hours for the event, however, organizers ask to continue to observe the parks quiet hours, which begin at 10 pm. Organizers also recommend to those coming out for the meteor shower to bring a blanket, bug spray and a sweatshirt.