Star Performance

Shooting stars light up the evening sky at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center’s annual Perseids Night. Every August, Earth passes through a stream of brilliantly lit meteors that originate from the constellation Perseus. They’re so bright, you don’t need binoculars or telescopes to see them dart across the atmosphere, says Jay Reynolds, director of the center’s planetarium. “We’re at the start of the meteor season,” he says. “And the Perseids offer a pretty reliable show.” Experts will fill you in on the universe’s various constellations before the Perseids’ scheduled appearance around 10 p.m. Participants are invited to spread out blankets and sit back for a meteor show that should run well past midnight. “It’s about enjoying the evening,” says Reynolds. “Just use your eyes.”
Sat., Aug. 11, 7 p.m.