2005 Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party
August 12/13, 2005

Words can't begin to describe the spectacle that graced OVAL's viewing site bearing witness to the Perseid Meteor Shower.  Over 40 people from Ouachita and Union Parishes drove well into the backroads of eastern Union Parish to gaze at the stars and the Perseid meteors.  We even had one participant drive from Jackson, Mississippi.  Young and old alike braved the heat and mosquitoes to view the event.  Some participants were standing around, some in chairs, some in recliners, and some on blankets all enjoying what the Heaven's had to offer.  Nearly 10 scopes, some complete with computer screens, focused on distant galaxies, nebulae, and planets.  Without warning, a bright Perseid would streak across the sky enhanced by the "oohs and ahs" they deserved.

Below are photographs from the event.  We very much look forward to hosting future events.  Be on the lookout for a Mars viewing in October.

Click HERE for Astrophotos from the Star Party

*Thanks to Nathan Lidia for the silhouette photos of the telescopes.

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