WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Family Center is hosting the final Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series to observe the Perseid Meteor Shower.

It’s scheduled for Saturday, August 11 on the Virginia end of the Assateague Island National Seashore, in partnership with the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.

The night will start with presentations at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Herbert H. Bateman Education Center Auditorium. The presentations will start at 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The meteor shower will be observed from the north end of the beach parking lot #1 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visitors will also be able to see the Milky Way Galaxy as well as Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn through telescopes.

Kim Check, Visitor Center manager, said in a statement: “The Perseids meteor shower is created when the Earth passes through the dust and debris of the cometSwift–Tuttle, the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth. We encourage people to bring beach chairs and blankets to sit back and watch these pieces of comet debris heat up as they enter the atmosphere creating a burst of light, streaking a path across the night sky.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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