Meteor Shower
Wednesday, August 08, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Have you checked out one of CCPL’s telescopes to check out the night sky? This weekend is a great time to check one out because the best meteor shower of the year, according to Space.com, will be criss-crossing the skies.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, on the nights of August 11 and 12. And according to NASA’s meteor expert Bill Cooke, the meteor shower will be “really spectacular” this year because the moon will only be a sliver in the night sky.

"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight," Cooke told Space.com. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it."

The Perseids always have a number of fireballs, so the show should be even better without the light of the moon interfering.

 

How can you borrow a CCPL telescope?

Six Orion Starblast 4.5 telescopes are available for library customers to check out - one at each regional branch location, as well as the Main Library. Each telescope comes with a user guide, Audubon constellation book, and a headlight. This telescope was chosen because it is designed for amateur and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts.

Telescopes can be checked out from CCPL for seven days with an adult card, and a valid driver's license is required since the telescopes must be secured by a seat belt during transportation.