A little late in posting, but I finally got some photos from the evening processed so now I can do a full report.
Wed Aug 11 was our annual Public Perseid Meteor Shower Night at Binbrook. Thanks to our Publicity Director Mario Carr, and various people for the interviews they provided, we had a great turn out. More than 250 people mad the journey to Binbrook despite a sky full of clouds, in hopes for clearings that would reveal the much anticipated meteor shower.
Some of the many people patiently waiting for the skies to clear. This and subsequent photos are long exposure (25sec) shots and then brightened.
The event was so popular that we more than filled the main parking area at Binbrook.
While waiting for darkness and clearing, John Gauvreau provided several interesting presentations for the crowds including a participatory demonstration with some of the many children in attendance. He also enhanced the anticipation by showing a piece of meteorite.
Never giving up, Jim and others continue to provide interesting info to everyone who came out.
Binbrook Perseids Night
A 15 sec exposure overlooking Lake Niapenco with special effects (someone waving their flashlight while I was trying to take the shot).
I'd like to thank the many HAA'rs who came out to help with traffic control, setting up scopes, and entertaining the interested public. While some of the public were disappointed by the lack of meteors, I didn't hear anyone complain which is a testament to how much they enjoyed the night, and the effort HAA members made to make people feel welcome and hold their interest. I'd also like to thank Binbrook Conservation Area and NPCA for allowing us to make the park available for this evening. And lastly I want to say thank you to everyone who came out to Binbrook. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned something while there. We're sorry the weather didn't cooperate, but next year the skies will be better (always the optimist). Remember that there are still a few nights remaining - just find a dark location and look up.
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