Starry Night - Friday

  • Walla Walla Community College 500 North Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States

Because the Saturday night event sold out quickly, we are also presenting Starry Night this Friday! This will sell-out fast so please register now.

Join Whitman astronomy professor and director of the Clise Planetarium Andrea Dobson for an evening of viewing the Perseid meteor shower at the Braden Ranch. 

One of the brightest meteor showers of the year, it occurs when the Earth in its orbit intersects tiny bits of rock about the size of sand grains left behind along the orbit of a comet. In this case the comet is named Swift-Tuttle. 

Because Earth is running into a cloud of particles, the meteors all seem to come from roughly the same location in the sky, a point called the radiant. The radiant for this shower is in the constellation Perseus, which, in the middle of the night in August, is high in the northeast for observers in North America. 

Dobson is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Astronomy, director of the Clise Planetarium, and a 1982 Whitman alumna. She earned a Ph.D. in Astronomyat New Mexico State University in 1987 and joined the Whitman faculty in 1989. Since 2012 she has been leading the renovation of a 30-inch telescope housed in an observatory on one of the Whitman farms.

Be sure to bring a chair and a headlamp. After a presentation from Andrea, we will spend a few hours observing the meteor showers! 

Tickets for this event are available at bmlt.orgRegistration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under. Transportation is provided.

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