Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Free Perseid “Star Party” at Marconi Beach

WELLFLEET- Officials with the Cape Cod National Seashore are gearing up for a ‘Perseid Star Party’.

This event will highlight the moment that that Earth passes through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, thus causing a celestial Perseid meteor shower.

During the pass, pieces of comet debris heat up as they enter the atmosphere, burning up in bursts, and causing a streak of light across the night sky.

The sparse development and limited light pollution in the national seashore area of Wellfleet will make it one of the best locations on Cape Cod to view the spectacle.

The free “star party” will include viewing from the Marconi Beach parking lot, with discussion of the science behind the celestial wonder.

Participants are being invited to bring a chair if they wish to observe the night sky from the parking lot, or join a ranger for a short astronomy walk on the beach.

Festivities get underway August 12th from 9 to 10:30 pm at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

For more information about this event and other Seashore programs, you can visit or call the Salt Pond Visitor Center at (508)-255-3421.

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