View Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 11 at Rider Park

WARRENSVILLE – Dr. Richard Erickson, associate professor of astronomy and physics, will be the guest speaker next month at Rider Park at a unique opportunity to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year.

Space is limited, and interested attendees must register in advance for the Aug. 11 event.

If clear skies prevail, the event is planned for 9:30 pm. to midnight.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania is sponsoring the event.

“The Perseid shower in August – named for the constellation Perseus – is a reliable shower, producing a consistently good display every year,” Erickson said. “The debris comes from Comet Swift-Tuttle and enters our atmosphere at a speed of about 130,000 mph.”

The shower’s peak is Aug. 11-13.

“If clear, a few Perseid meteors should be seen coming from the northeast starting about 10 p.m.,” he said. “As the night progresses, more and more meteors should be observed, possibly up to about 1 every minute in the hours before dawn.”

This year, however, the full moon is Aug. 10 and its light may prevent viewers from seeing as many meteors as in previous years.

To register, visit the park’s website,

Guests should arrive between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. and should bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights.

For more information, call the Community Foundation at 570-321-1500.