The Best Dark Sky Place for Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower

It doesn’t get much better than Minnesota Star Gazing over Kabetogama in the heart of  Voyageurs National Park. 

Except, when it does!

 

And when is that?

When the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks in August!

 

The Perseid Meteor Shower is an annual shower of meteors from their parent comet named 109P/Swift-Tuttle. This beloved, annual meteor shower can be viewed in the Northern Hemisphere with a duration of mid-July to the end of August though the peak dates are estimated for August 11-13, 2023. 

 

All you need to view the Perseid Meteor Shower during this time are clear night skies.

However, if you really want to experience the glory of the Perseids, it’s best to view them in as clear and as dark a sky as you can find and we have just the right sky at Voyageurs National Park

 

Voyageurs National Park is a certified International Dark Sky Place. This means the park has exceptionally clear skies due to lack of manmade, urban light interference. Frankly, unless there is cloud coverage, our skies are wide-open, incredibly dark and brilliantly beautiful. 

 

On a normal star-gazing evening, you can expect to see a sky full of more stars than you’ve probably ever seen before. It’s awe-inspiring! And the sky’s reflection on our abundant lakes? Breathtaking!

 

On a meteor shower evening, you will be delighted to catch a full, unblocked view of the show. It is estimated that viewers can see up to 100 meteors per hour during peak viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower this year. 

If you have been contemplating adding a Dark Sky Place to your summer destinations, Kabetogama Lake and Voyageurs National Park during the 2023 Perseid Meteor Showers is the perfect place to visit. You won’t be disappointed at the marvelous meteors passing across the already vivid night sky of Northern Minnesota.

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