The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, August 12th 375

Although the Perseid Meteor Shower (which began July 17th and last through August 24th) has been producing meteors for the last couple of weeks, tonight the shower is expected produce around 100 meteors per hour. The Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight, Monday, August 12th through tomorrow morning, and many meteors will be visible to Long Islanders.

Perseid meteors are known for being bright, but tonight’s forecast of possible showers and a bright moon is expected to limit visibility for the meteors.

In years with less moonlight the Perseids meteors have been reported at rate of 150-200 meteors an hour. Tonight the Perseids will likely produce about 10-15 visible meteors per hour because of the phase of the moon, which will be nearly full during the showers peak.

Meteors will be visible even under bright suburban skies, but viewers in suburban areas will not be able to see as many shooting stars as those in urban areas or who travel to view the showers.   Lucky for Long Islanders, NYS Parks have announced that they will remain open during the peak.  These locations are optimal for viewing meteor showers as they are often darker and have open areas where you can view large sections of the sky.

Wherever you are viewing the shower it is important to remember to take about 30 minutes to allow your eyes become adjusted to the dark.  Choose an open, dark spot and lay flat to view at as much of the sky as possible.  Try to avoid looking at light sources such as the moon, the horizon or cell phones.  Introducing light to your eyes and looking at bright screens will reduce the number of meteors you may see.

If you have small children, take them out in the evening as you can start looking for Perseids as soon as it gets dark.  The Perseids are more active after midnight and are most active in the hours before dawn. The moon will be setting during the early hours of the morning making the time before dawn the most beneficial for stargazers.

Below is the list of NYS parks that will remain open Monday night through the peak viewing times early Tuesday:

  • Jones Beach State Park – West End II
  • Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park – Field 3
  • Montauk Point State Park – Upper Parking Lot
  • Wildwood State Park – Main Parking Lot

The normal stargazing permit will not be required and entrance to the parks is free.

Park officials request that visitors stay near their vehicles and suggest to dress appropriately, bring bug spray, and a reclining chair or blanket.

 

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Bayport-Blue Point Welcomes Students! 226

Bayport-Blue Point School District welcomed students back for the 2019-20 School year, below are a few photos from a successful first day!

Students enrolled in Kimberly Rall’s fourth grade class at Academy Street Elementary School settled in for a day of learning on the first day of school.

 

Students from James Wilson Young Middle School are pictured with new principal John Andruszkiewicz on the first day of school.

 

A number of Bayport-Blue Point High School students are pictured on the first day of school with, from left, Bayport-Blue Point High School Assistant Principal Neil Zarcone, Dean of Students Michael Zafonte and new Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Robert Haas.

 

Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District

 

Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 113

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:

Zara
Mufasa
Bandit

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter or call 631-451-6950.

 

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