The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 27, 2013

It’s a perfect year to step out, look up for a shower

By Bob Killam

ENID, Okla. — Phases of the moon for Aug. are:

• Aug. 6: New moon.

• Aug. 14: First quarter.

• Aug. 21: Full moon (Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon).

• Aug. 28: Last quarter.

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The Perseids meteor shower peaks Aug. 12. The best time for viewing is around 1 a.m. in the northeast sky. It is a favorable year for this shower.

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Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium is open to the public at 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or nonperishable food item for Horn of Plenty is appreciated.

The program Thursday is “The Legend of Andromeda and Perseus.” This is a good show for the whole family, as the little ones really like it.

We also will study the night sky over Enid, learning about what constellations are overhead that evening.

Weather permitting, the observatory will be open for viewing objects in the night sky.

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Every Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting, the observatory opens to the public. Sessions start at 9:30 p.m.

Large groups planning to visit the observatory or planetarium should call 548-2399 to schedule an appointment.



Killam is resident astronomer and astronomical league coordinator for Leonardo’s Star Quest Astronomy Club and director of the NOC observatory.