Chapman, Kinzua Bridge State Parks to Host Meteor Shower Observation Parties

CLARENDON, Pa. – Both Chapman State Park and Kinzua Bridge State Park will be hosting watch parties for the Perseid meteor shower this Saturday night (Aug. 12) and into Sunday morning.

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak Saturday night into early Sunday morning, with the meteor count highest in the predawn hours when the skies are at their very darkest and when your position on Earth is forward to the motion through the dust cloud, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

For Chapman’s party, the public is invited to meet at the beach area at 9 p.m. Saturday for an informational session, followed by the observation. The informational session will include a laser guided constellation tour and use of park telescopes. The public is asked to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. The event is free of charge.

The Kinzua Bridge event is slated to take place on Sunday morning at 4 a.m. at the bridge. No fee or registration is required, but the park asks that participants bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

The Perseids meteor shower is expected to produce 50 to 70 shooting stars every hour, per the Farmer’s Almanac.