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Take a peek at the Perseids at Pedernales Falls

The Perseid meteor shower is happening right now. Pedernales Falls State Park is hosting a program and viewing on August 16.

It’s one of the most spectacular shows this summer, and the best seat is at Pedernales Falls State Park.

The park is hosting a program and viewing of the Perseid meteor shower on Friday, August 16, from 9:30-11 p.m. The night sky light show might have a little competition from the moon, but it still should be a feast for the eyes — weather permitting.

Meet at the equestrian area trailhead and follow the red lights over a 200-foot walk to the star theater behind the barn. The trail is mostly dirt and grass, so choose your footwear wisely.

A presentation begins at 9:30 p.m. followed by open stargazing at 10 p.m. Bring your own telescope or binoculars as well as chairs or blankets. The event will wrap up at about 11 p.m.

The Perseids are from Comet Swift-Tuttle. From July 17 to August 24, the Earth is passing through the comet’s path. The last time this happened was in 1992. It won’t happen again until 2126.

The meteor shower program is free, but park entrance fees apply. Fees are $6 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and younger get in free. Exact change for the honor box is required if you arrive after 8 p.m. You can also purchase a permit online through the Texas State Parks reservation system, which can be used for overnight stays as well as day passes. Call Pedernales Falls State Park at 830-868-7304 for more information. The park is located at 2585 Park Road 6026 east of Johnson City.

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