Star-gazing party planned
for White Lake observatory

If recent close encounters with Mars have you excited about sky watching, you’ll want to check out the next major cosmological display coming next month.

On Aug. 11, the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory will host its annual Perseid meteor shower viewing party.

After opening the gates at 7:15 p.m., staff members Roland Kothes, Ken Tapping, Tim Robishaw, Tom Landecker and Chris Purton will give talks at 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

According to NASA, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year.

During the Perseids’ peak this month, spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour.

The after-dark sky show should be visible by 9:30 p.m.

If you can’t make the observatory’s show. the showers are expected to return Aug. 12.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Okanagan Centre will set up telescopes for the public to enjoy other celestial wonders.

The event will concludes at 11 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Guests are reminded to dress warmly and bring their own chairs or blankets.

The observatory, located on White Lake Road northwest of Oliver,  is about a 35-minute drive from Osoyoos.

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