On the evening of Friday, Aug. 12, Bill and Judi Aaron, the campground concessioners at Loggers Lake campground, will be hosting an “Astronomy Education Event” with local astronomer Joseph Schuster.

Commemorative plaque at Loggers Lake campground. This campground is but one example representing the infrastructure the CCC built during the 1930s throught the U.S.

In the past, Schuster has presented similar educational events at the Bonebrake Center in Salem, Mo.

The Aarons are very excited about hosting this event with Schuster and will be waving the $2 day use fee from 6-10 p.m. for the folks attending this free event. The public is encouraged to bring along their own telescopes and binoculars.

As it turns out, Aug. 11-12 will be the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. It is said the Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe. At its peak this meteor shower has been known to produce as many as 60 meteors per hour.

Schuster will also point out the moon, Jupiter and other stars and constellations with his telescope.

There will also be a “waxing gibbous moon” (half-moon or first quarter moon) on Aug. 11 and the moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving a fairly dark sky for late night viewing of the meteor shower.

The Aarons suggested that I Google “darksitefinder.com” to see a map that shows the areas of the world with the darkest night skies (the places with least light pollution). This map shows the Loggers Lake area as having some of the darkest skies in the state of Missouri.

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