Perseid Meteor Shower and Stargazing Events at State Parks Up in the Air
HOOVER’S VALLEY — Visitors to area state parks will gaze at the sky Saturday evening, but they might get more than the promised show.
Stargazing and Perseid Meteor shower viewing events are in jeopardy because of increasing chances of thunderstorms and cloud cover.
Depending on the weather, events are planned at Inks Lake State Park and Pedernales Falls State Park.
As of Thursday, rain chances were 40-60 percent for the three parks with mostly cloudy conditions in store for the entire area. In case of rain, park officials will cancel their events. However, Inks Lake State Park’s Perseid Meteor shower viewing will go on under cloudy conditions.
“What I talk about is why humans look up to the sky,” said Inks Lake State Park Interpreter Lindsay Pannell about the Aug. 11 program. “There’s still something to talk about and discuss what to see in the sky in the next month.”
The viewing is 10-11:30 p.m. at the Central Park area near the playground at Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 in Hoover’s Valley. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
At Pedernales Falls State Park, a star party hosted by the Austin Astronomical Society will continue with partly cloudy conditions. Rain or completely cloudy conditions might cancel the event.
The star party is 7-11:30 p.m. at the park, 2585 Park Road 6026 in Johnson City. Rain the day before or the day of could force the event to move to another location in the park, which might require a long hike. More details are on the park’s calendar of events, and updates will be posted on its Facebook page.
UPDATE AS OF FRIDAY, AUG. 10: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has canceled its Perseid Meteor shower viewing event Saturday.
If the weather is favorable and the viewings are held, officials at all parks recommend bringing exact change for entry. Because of the late times, visitors must use self-pay stations when entering the parks. Park-specific information is available on each park’s website.
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