Stargazers search out Georgia’s darkest skies to view one of the year’s best and brightest meteor showers. This year’s Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12-14 as 50 to 100 meteors an hour streak across the night sky. With little to no moonlight ruining the dazzling display of shooting stars, 2015 is a great year to view this shower. Viewers don’t need telescopes or binoculars to watch the show, but a dark sky makes it even better. So, where are the best places in Georgia to view the meteor shower?
Georgia State Parks and local astronomy clubs are teaming up to make the most of the Perseids this year. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and snacks to Hard Labor Creek, Cloudland Canyon and Richard B Russell State Parks for shooting star parties.
Hard Labor Creek State Park Shooting Star Party
August 13-14, 10 pm- 3 am
The beach is open late for this special event at Hard Labor Creek. Bring a blanket and lay out for a night of stargazing, rather than sun bathing. The park also hosts “Paddling under the Perseids.” Paddlers hop in a kayak or canoe for a view from the lake. Pre-registration required: 706-557-3001
Cloudland Canyon State Park Star Party 2015
August 14, 9 – 11 pm
The perfect party for amateur astronomers and meteor shower viewers, Cloudland Canyon invites everyone to take a look at star clusters, galaxies and planets through BSA member’s telescopes! No word on where to meet, so calling ahead is highly recommended! 706-657-4050
Richard B Russell State Park Annual Perseid Viewing Party
Aug 14 9 – 11 pm
Join fellow stargazers and amateur astronomers to count meteors at this park northeast of Atlanta. Bring your own chairs and nonalcoholic refreshments to the disc golf course! Call ahead for directions and more information: 706-213-2045