published Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Three events on tap for Perseid shower — Aug. 8-10

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    In this photo released by a Perseid meteor flashes across the constellation Andromeda on Aug. 12, 1997, in this 8-minute exposure taken in Florence Junction, Ariz.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Four nights of stellar viewing are in store starting Friday and concluding in the predawn hours of Tuesday when the Perseid meteor shower fills the late-night sky. Three free events are planned this weekend for stargazers.

Today, Aug. 8: Clarence T. Jones Observatory, 10 Tuxedo Ave., 7 p.m. Dr. Amy Lovell gives presentation on what radio astronomy has to offer and reviews recent results from spectral line observations of comets and thermal observations of asteroids. 423-425-4518.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 9-10: Fall Creek Falls State Park, 2009 Village Camp Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Meet at state park’s inn at 6:30 p.m. to catch shuttle to observation field. Basic astronomy program at 7 p.m. followed by telescope viewing, sponsored by the Cumberland Astronomical Society (all times are Central). Free. www.cumberland

Saturday, Aug. 10: Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga., 8-11 p.m. Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and Barnard Astronomical Society sponsor video at 8 p.m., followed by viewing of the night sky. Telescopes provided. Admission is free, but parking is $5. 706-398-2729.

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