Photo by J. Griffis Smith

Escape the city lights with a trip to the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park for the Perseid meteor shower. Starting Friday night, August 12, 2016, until 6 a.m. Saturday, the observatory will provide telescopes to view the shooting stars, and astronomers will be on-hand to assist and explain the phenomenon. (Under clear, dark skies, the naked eye is all you need to observe the spectacle; you’ll likely see a few dozen meteors per hour.) Named for the constellation Perseus, the annual phenomenon occurs when debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle collides with earth’s atmosphere. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, along with the entry fee of $7 for adults and $6 for kids.

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