Meteor fans gazing at Jones Beach for annual Perseid shower


Like the dozens of people who gathered cars in the West End of Jones Beach, Lynnbrook’s Tom Lynch hopes he can see the Perseid meteor shower that crashed into Long Island on Monday night.

“I hope it will happen, but I don’t think so,” said the amateur astronomer, who adjusted a large telescope, focusing on Jupiter and Saturn, which burned brightly in the sky of the moon.

He joined many Long Island stargazers who are eager to enjoy a special treatment on Monday night, because every year the Perseid meteor shower can see the night sky is most likely to see a series of celestial light.

George Gorman, regional director of Long Island State Park, said that thousands of people are expected to gather in four state parks, which are open Monday night until Tuesday morning. Viewpoints include West End II at Jones Beach State Park, District 3 at Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park, Upper Parking at Montauk Point State Park and major parking at Wildwood State Park.

“We really look forward to a group of people,” Gorman said at around 6 pm. “We do this every year and it is very popular.”

NASA says that the Perseid shower that appears in mid-April each year is “the best meteor shower of the year”, and its fast, bright meteors have “long” light and color that wakes them through the earth. atmosphere. ”

Although enthusiasts can search the sky with binoculars and binoculars, showers can be seen with the naked eye.

“Meteors come from the remaining comet particles and fragments from broken asteroids,” NASA posted on its website. “When comets revolve around the sun, they leave trails of dust behind them. Every year the earth passes through these debris trails, which cause the debris to collide with our atmosphere and collapse, creating a hot and colorful sky. Stripes.”

NASA experts say that as many as 50 to 100 meteors can be seen per hour.

Amateur astronomer and Islip lawyer Karl Silverberg leads the crowd to find the best spots to stare at the stars. He said that at around 4 am on Monday, when he first saw the Perseid meteor shower, he saw three three-second sweeps.

“This is very exciting,” said Goldberg, vice president of the Long Island Astronomical Society. “I saw three very bright meteors. I took a break outside and I saw three in about five minutes.”

Gorman said that state parks offer star-watching licenses for observation throughout the year in some parks, but the Perseus showers at four locations do not require a permit.

Steve Turio of Queens Village rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Monday to go to Jones Beach, but he was disappointed that the shower did not arrive when the night fell.

“I hope I can see something,” he said, adding that he was still enjoying the trip if he only wanted to enjoy the cool night air. “I have been here for 45 years. This is such a beautiful sight.”

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