By FHSU University Communications
Great Bend, Kan. – The Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC), located northeast of Great Bend on Highway K-156, is gearing up for its annual “Out of this World” Perseid meteor shower watch party.
The public is invited to join KWEC staff for this free and family-friendly activity. Each year, as Earth passes through dust and debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center celebrates the end of summer with our guests by watching meteors or shooting stars burn through our atmosphere.
This event coincides with the predicted peak of meteor shower activity for the month on August 12, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Astronomers may be able to spot 60 to 100 meteors per hour during this time. Although we anticipate potential light pollution from the last Super Moon (a full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to Earth) of the calendar year that will peak the night before, the show will continue regardless of the terms.
Guests at the Meteor Show Watch Party can also take the opportunity to learn more about the science behind the remarkable images recently provided by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The Webb Telescope is the successor to the Hubbell Space Telescope. It uses giant mirrors to create infrared images. Attendees can learn how this infrared energy works through hands-on experience. Event attendees will also be able to walk through the life cycle of a massive star while creating a take-home reminder of the process.
Other hands-on activities include creating a spiral galaxy with a spin and paint machine, building a solar-powered moon base welcome sign, viewing the night sky, and listening to stories on the constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and munch on s’mores while scanning the night sky.
More information about the KWEC can be found at www.wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu or by calling 1-877-243-9268.