On the night of August 12th, the Adler Planetarium hosted a star party at Cantigny Park to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower.
“The meteor shower happens every year. It occurs when the earth runs through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, Comet Swift-Tuttle, since it’s at one point in the earth’s orbit, it happens the same time every year. But it’s rare that the conditions of good weather and no moon in the sky all coincide to give us a good show,” said Dr. Mark Hammergren, an Astronomer at Adler.
Over 1,200 people gathered on Cantigny’s lawn, where both professional and amateur astronomers were on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations.
Members of the Naperville Astronomical Association also brought their telescopes, which gave people a chance to see the meteors up close.
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