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Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Perseid Meteor Stargaze at Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park will host its seventh annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze, Saturday, Aug. 10, at the park's beach pavilion.

The evening coincides with the annual Perseid meteor shower. The peak of the meteor shower will occur Sunday, but Saturday night also will offer excellent viewing.

The event kicks off at 8:30 p.m. CDT with night sky mapping and American Indian sky lore and runs to dawn. After 9 p.m., stars will begin to appear and constellation talks will highlight the formations visible over the dunes this time of year. A waxing moon will set by 10 p.m., resulting in dark sky viewing over Lake Michigan. Additionally, the park naturalists will have a telescope on hand for deep sky viewing.

Participation is free after paying the standard gate fee of $5 for Indiana vehicles and $10 for out-of-state vehicles. For more information, call the nature center at (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2980.htm) is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

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Media contact: Brad Bumgardner, interpretive naturalist, (219) 926-1390.

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