This Weekend: Perseid Meteor Showers

Who’s ready for the weekend?! We usually have all the best, funkiest, yummiest (and free) events around Boston, but there is only ONE thing that matters this time: the Perseid Meteor Showers.

That’s right, don’t miss out on what astronomers predict to be an abnormal “outburst” of meteors this year. Over double the average amount of meteors should be visible starting Thursday night, possibly up to 200 an hour during the peak. We’ve got all best places around Boston to watch, so grab a blanket, lawn chair or hammock and escape the city for a night!

Coit Observatory

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Every Wednesday at 8:30 pm, Coit Observatory of Boston University hosts Open Nights, where admission is free to the public. This hour long program allows you to learn more about astronomy and see the sky through their telescopes and binoculars.

World’s End

 

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A little farther from the city, but World’s End boasts 251 acres of carriage paths, a view of the city skyline, hills and coastal shores. The facilities close at sundown, but it is still accessible by foot throughout the night.

Larz Anderson Park

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The Top of the Hill is the highest point at this Brookline park, and can fit about 150 people at the pavilion. There’s also plenty of grassy area (61 acres to be exact) for blankets and a midnight picnic.

Boston Harbor Islands

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If you feel like camping, there are four great islands (Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks and Lovells) that allow overnight visitors for a small fee. It’s a great area with a shoreline and a view of the Boston skyline. Reserve your campground in advance, or call the day of to make sure they have available spaces and don’t forget your ferry ticket!

The peak of the showers should be the nights of August 11th and 12th. Before you go, make sure that cloud coverage is low and there are no trees or buildings for a clear view of the night sky. The best times to see it will be after moonset so be prepared to stay up late! The meteor showers are spread out throughout the week– with enough sky time and a little patience, you might be in for quite the show.

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