Town Creek to host astronomy sleepover Friday

This graphic shows the predicted visibility of the May Camelopardalids Meteor Shower, May 23-24, 2014. (NASA image and data)

This graphic shows the predicted visibility of the May Camelopardalids Meteor Shower, May 23-24, 2014. (NASA image and data)

Town Creek Indian Mound will host a rare sleepover event this Friday night as it welcomes astronomy fans to view what is expected to be a “fine display” of meteors in the overnight hours.

The meteor shower is known as the May Camelopardalids, originating from the Comet 209P/LINEAR, discovered in 2004, and taking its name from the little-known far-northern constellation Camelopardalis.

Rich Thompson, manager of the Town Creek State Historic Site, said the evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a short presentation on the meteor shower, followed by a community campfire before the shooting stars peak in the hours after midnight.

Those wishing to camp will need to arrive before 6:30 p.m. Friday, and advance camping reservations are required. More information is available at 910-439-6802 or online at http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

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