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LIGO Hanford Observatory to Host Meteor Shower Festival

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Cosmic debris left by a comet nearly 20 years ago will enter the Earth's orbit this Saturday.  Don't worry, we're not in danger; it's just the annual Perseid meteor shower!

This Saturday night, the LIGO Hanford Observatory will host their annual Night Sky Festival.  The  public is invited to come and watch the meteor shower which will be visible this weekend.

In addition to the meteor shower, the Tri-City Astronomy club will have telescopes set up to see star clusters, galaxies and even the rings of Saturn!

The best part? Admission is free!

"We're a lot darker out here than you would find in town even though we're only 15 miles out," says Dale Ingram, the LIGO Hanford Observatory Education and Outreach Coordinator.  "We turn off all the exterior lighting and the site really becomes quite dark and that really boosts your ability to see the meteors."

The festival starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m.  Even if the weather gets in the way, the event will go on as planned.

For more information the festival and driving directions to the observatory, click here.

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