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Perseid Meteor Shower viewing at Brandy Creek Beach

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WHISKEYTOWN, Calif. - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Shasta Astronomy Club will be holding a special viewing for the Perseid Meteor Shower at Brandy Creek Beach Saturday night.

Interpretive Park Ranger Breanna Corp at Whiskeytown National Recreation Center said this is one of the biggest meteor showers of the year.

Corp said smoke and a semi-full moon may make it more difficult to clearly see the shooting stars, but should still be visible with less light pollution out at the beach.

The viewing begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at midnight at the Brandy Creek Beach parking lot B, free of charge.

"Last year we had around 500 people. We're hoping to get that many again or more, and we just invite people to bring their blankets, snacks, water and come and watch the stars in their park," Corp said.

She said the viewing will be better at its peak after midnight when people should be able to see forty to fifty meteors per hour.

There will also be lots of activities for kids, like a solar system walk and a scavenger hunt.

The Shasta Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes to hopefully see Saturn and Jupiter.

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