West Virginia and the heavens.

Perfect together.

Especially this week when state stargazers can take advantage of dark skies to view the Perseid meteor shower.

This summer sky show occurs every August.

It happens when the earth passes through the dust and debris of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

Experts say that this year’s display will be an unforgettable one. It is predicted that we could see as many as 200 comets an hour.

Peak times for the shower are expected to be Friday and Saturday nights, but it will continue through Aug. 24.

Scientists say the best time to view the meteors is after midnight.

Because West Virginia has less light pollution than a lot of other states it is the perfect place to view this event.

Check out the the six best places to view the Perseid meteor shower in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia:

1. Thorny Mountain Fire Tower

Highland Outdoors

Highland Outdoors

The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in the Seneca State Forest is the perfect spot to view the meteor shower. It has been converted into a rental, so rent the tower for the night and sleep under the stars and meteors. You’ll have the best seat in the house!

2. Calhoun County Park

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GoToWV

Calhoun County is known as one of the darkest regions in West Virginia making stargazing and meteor watching a big time event.

3. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

Reflection in a Pool

Reflection in a Pool

Consider the advantages of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in the Greenbrier River Valley. It has a large parking lot at the summit not far from the park’s observation tower that will give you the perfect view of the night’s events.

4. Summit Lake

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Wikimedia Commons

Located in Greenbrier County, Summit Lake offers a campground where you can enjoy a great view of the meteor shower.

5. Blackwater Falls State Park

Martin Radigan

Martin Radigan

Blackwater Falls State Park has events planned at the Nature Center where hosts will tell you all about the event. You can even spend the night at the park’s campground.

6. Spruce Knob

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Spruce Knob isn’t just the highest elevation in West Virginia. It offers one of the darkest night skies in the eastern part of the United States. Professional astronomers often come to view the night sky here.

All of these places are beautiful spots to visit during the daytime, so you can turn watching the Perseid meteor shower into an all day adventure.

 

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