STAR PARTY: Saturday Meteor Shower Fun

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The best show in town this weekend will be one two thousand years in the making.

The Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend and the City of Des Moines is hosting a Star Party in its honor.

Experts say you could see dozens or even hundreds of meteors per hour in the sky if the conditions for star gazing are good.

The Star Party is being held on Saturday at Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum on Indianola Road.

Free glow in the dark face painting, bouncing around in an obstacle course, creating a sun dial or just seeing a meteorite up close and many more activities are available.  The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.

“It’s something that you see all the time, every night when you look up at the stars you wonder how did they get there, what are they, what are they made of.  I think that’s what’s so fascinating, people look up at these things and they are just like, wow! They see how incredibly beautiful the universe is,” said Richard Miles of the Science Center.

Camping is available at Ewing Park for $20 but spots are limited and are first-come first-served.  All the proceeds will go towards restoring the lilacs.

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