Tonight: Watch the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Peak from the Franklin Institute’s Rooftop Observatory

Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts to view the meteors from the Franklin's rooftop (Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute)

On the second Thursday night of every month, the Joel N. Bloom Observatory at the Franklin Institute is open late to the public and offers five different telescopes for you to view celestial objects in the sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two.

This month’s “Night Skies in the Observatory” event takes place during the peak of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

Tonight’s program — hosted by Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute Derrick Pitts — features a presentation on the Perseid meteor shower and planetary viewing in the observatory, weather permitting. (Note: It’s supposed to be cloudy.)

The Observatory will be staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided. The program starts at 7 pm.

Night Skies in the Observatory – Perseid Meteor Shower Peak! with Derrick Pitts
When: August 12, 7-10 pm
Where: The Franklin Institute
Cost: Admission is $5. Members are free.

Night Skies at the Observatory [The Franklin Institute]

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  1. Is it ok to go once the program has already started? I will not be able to make it there until 8:30. I don’t want to drive there if entrance is not allowed after 7. Also – not sure about this cloud situation, maybe it will clear by 8:30.

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