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Meteor shower Star Party is August 12

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Nez Perce National Historical Park, Ranger Kevin Peters, and Lewis-Clark State College Professor Emeritus Dr. Victor Kriss will host a Perseid meteor shower Star Party Tuesday night, August 12 at the Nez Perce National Historical Park in Spalding.

At 8:00 p.m. in the visitor center, Kriss will talk about the meteor shower and its origin and Peters will talk about the influence of stars in the Nez Perce culture.  As the sky darkens, everyone will be invited to go outside and view the shooting stars.  Kriss encourages those attending to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on and something warm to wear.

The actual peak of the meteor shower will be at about midnight, but a bright moon will interfere with good meteor watching.  However, the meteors at around 9 or 10 p.m. should be long, spectacular shooting stars.  Later Tuesday night, an average of a shooting star every five minutes will be visible.  To view the meteors, you only need to find a dark location away from streetlights and watch anywhere in the sky away from where the moon appears.

Kriss retired from LCSC in 2013 after 21years as a professor of physics in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

For more information contact Kevin Peters at (208) 843-7025.