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Four Corners Algonquin

Perseid Meteor Shower Tour

The Perseids meteor shower occurs annually in August when the Earth passes through the densest layer of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. Led by astronomer, outdoor enthusiast, videographer and University of Toronto Physics and Astronomy graduate Caroline Elkhoury.

Perseid Meteor Shower Tour
Perseid Meteor Shower Tour

Time & Location

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Aug 12, 2024, 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Four Corners Algonquin, 29924 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0, Canada

About the event

The Perseids meteor shower occurs annually in August when the Earth passes through the densest layer of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. As these tiny particles about the size of a grain of sand enter the Earth's atmosphere, they burn up, creating bright streaks across the sky known as meteors or shooting stars. The Perseids tend to produce a high rate of meteors, sometimes up to 100 per hour under ideal conditions. They are also known for their bright and fast-moving meteors, making them a favorite. Meteors can be visible throughout the summer months. The peak occurs around the 12th/13th of August each year.

This two hour stargazing event introduces novice and enthusiast stargazers to the Perseids Meteor Shower through naked-eye observation, the use of telescopes and personal cell phone photography.

Led by astronomer, outdoor enthusiast, videographer and University of Toronto Physics and Astronomy graduate Caroline Elkhoury. An internship at ASTRON in the Netherlands broadened her research horizons on pulsars, the rapidly spinning neutron stars that serve as cosmic beacons across the galaxy, and ignited a passion to engage in scientific outreach. She shares her enthusiasm for astronomy and her passion for adventure on Instagram (@caroline_elkhoury) where she offers an array of stargazing tours and group hiking events, inviting others to join her in the pursuit of celestial wonders amid nature's splendor. Caroline's journey is a testament to her dedication to both unraveling the mysteries of the universe and inspiring a wider appreciation for the night sky among people of all ages and origins.

Notes: Consider bringing your personal telescope, cell phone, tripod and red light light flashlight. We have a limited number of red light flashlights, telescopes and tripods to share. Check the weather forecast at https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/on-29_metric_e.html and dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Stargazing is dependent on clear skies, which for obvious reasons we are not able to guarantee. Sessions go ahead rain or shine. In the event of rain, the session will consist of a presentation and Q&A with Caroline.

Accommodations must be reserved separately. If you are unable to secure a tent at Four Corners or prefer a more typical motel stay, we recommend reaching out to Algonquin Accommodations at www.algonquinpark.com. Ask about their newly renovated accessible suites.

Prerequisites: None. Only register guests 10 years and older. Children under 10 years may join a registered parent at no charge. Please supervisor children at all times.

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