Wednesday, August 19, 2015’s 2015 Labor Day Weekend Guide to Complete Summer Activities

Enjoy the last few days of summer! Soon before you know it Labor Day will arrive and that’s the unofficial mark to the end of summer. This year, Labor Day lands on September 7th (a little bit later on the calendar year), but even with summer coming to an end, there’s still plenty of summer activities to do over the three-day holiday weekend! 

On Long Island, there’s everything from festivals, fairs, live music performances, car shows, runs, walks, nature exploration outings to other fun activities to complete your summer.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tips for Observing the Perseid Meteor Shower & Summer’s Other Starry Nights

 This week, stargazers will be coming out in droves at night to open areas where they can see the night sky and observe the Perseid meteor shower. Each year, Earth passes through the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind debris and comet dust, including the meteors that we call the Perseid.

The bright, quick-moving meteors leave behind bright streaks in the sky that last for a few moments after the meteor is gone. This year, the best viewing period for the Perseid is expected to be in the predawn hours of August 11, 12, 13, and 14, so unless you are a night owl, it may be best to set an alarm on those days to wake up after midnight and check the sky.  

To find out more about the best times & places to view the Perseid Meteor Shower, click here!

Photo by Brocken Inaglory, via Wikimedia Commons.