BRUNSWICK — Southern Maine Astronomers will lead an exploration of the night sky, during the Perseid Meteor Shower, 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 11, 12 and 13, at Crystal Spring Farm — South, 277 Pleasant Hill Road.
How to prepare:
— When you arrive please be sure to keep your headlights on low beam, avoid pointing your headlights toward the market green if at all possible, and SHUT OFF your headlights as soon as you possibly can; the bright glare ruins night vision for those trying to look at the stars.
— Bring a blanket as meteor showers are best observed while lying back with eyes wide open.
— Bring bug spray.
— Bring warmer clothes to put on: a warmer jacket and a hat. Warmer, more waterproof footwear is a good idea too. It gets surprisingly chilly on some summer nights and depending on the humidity can get quite dewy.
— Bring a red flashlight or headlamp, or cover a regular flashlight with red cellophane or stretch a red balloon over a flashlight, to help preserve night vision.
— “Study” this SKY MAP for learning the August night sky. Scroll down and click on “Download” for August in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s two sided.
Community members with telescopes can come early — by 7:30 p.m. — and bring their telescopes to set up. Astronomy Club members will help any who have been confounded in getting their telescopes to “work right.” Saturn is visible in the southern sky so the ultimate crowd pleaser will be up. Club members will bring scopes as well.