Dark Sky Week celebrated in isolation

Door County features an internationally recognized dark sky preserve at Newport State Park and the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, but the past week saw little celebration. International Dark Sky Week was observed in isolation, highlighted by the Lyrid meteor shower, which peaked on Tuesday. The Lyrids are not as well-known as August’s Perseid event and not quite as prolific. A person can expect to see around 18 meteors per hour at the height of activity. They don’t produce tails across the sky either due to their trajectory, says Dave Lenius.


The International Dark Sky Society has been live-streaming virtual lectures since Sunday. They are available on-demand at the organization’s Youtube page.


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