Beach hours extended next weekend for meteor shower viewing - KMSP-TV

Beach hours extended next weekend for meteor shower viewing

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Hours at two city beaches will be extended to midnight next weekend for Chicagoans who'd like to get an unobstructed view of the Perseid Meteor Shower, the Chicago Park District announced on Friday.

Stargazers will be able to look to the heavens for these shooting stars from the 12th Street and Montrose beaches until midnight on the evenings of August 10 and 11, a release from the park district said.

The park district move is being made in partnership with the Illinois Science Council. Participants need to remain on the beach, though during these extended hours, the release said.

The best viewing of this annual astronomical event is in the night sky in mid-August. In 2013, the Perseids' peak activity takes place August 10-13 in the evenings through pre-dawn hours, according to the release. Ideal viewing for Chicagoans, if you can't drive away from the city to darker areas, is along the lakefront, facing northeast away from city lights and toward rising stars.

A bit further north along the lakefront, the city of Evanston will extend access hours at Lighthouse Beach, 2611 Sheridan Rd., until midnight those days as well.

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