Meteor shower viewing set

Meteor shower viewing set

The Mineola Nature Preserve in conjunction with The Astronomical Society of East Texas will present a Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing and Star Party at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Saturday, Aug. 12.

The event is free to the public. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with sunspot viewing until sunset and telescope viewing begins at twilight and will end after midnight, said event organizers.

The location will be the east parking lot, above the pavilion. Attendees are asked to park in the west parking lot. The International Space Station will do a flyover just after 9 p.m. “Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs. A reclining lawn chair works the best. Binoculars and telescopes are welcome. This is a weather permitting program. In the event of inclement weather or cloud cover, the program will be postponed or cancelled. A cancelled notice will be posted in the calendar page of the society’s website: www.asetexas.org/calendar on the date, on the Society’s Facebook page: Astronomical Society of East Texas; and a sign will be posted at the Preserve entrance and an announcement will be aired by radio station KMOO 99.9 Mineola by 5 p.m. Please keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately for it. We have had significant amounts of rain lately, so wear clothing to ward off the mosquitoes. If you bring mosquito repellant, do not bring aerosols or candle repellant; use wipes instead,” said organizers.

For more information on this event and the Society, email info@asetexas.com or text to 903-520-7338.

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