Astronomy and astrology are two things many might not understand completely but have a great appreciation for. Kicking back to view the stars and watch astrological events dance across the sky is something that's worth doing every now and then, especially when you need a break from reality. The Perseid meteor shower is just a few days away, and these are some of the best places to view it over Georgia.

The Perseid shower is able to be seen with the naked eye so a telescope isn't even needed, though taking one or some binoculars with you never hurts.

While the moon will be slightly past its last quarter phase and have some impact on visibility, the Perseids meteors are known to be bright, especially during the shower's peak, so you'll still have a good chance at catching the show.

The peak of the shower will amaze watchers between August 11 and August 13, dotting the sky with between 40 and 50 meteors per hour. EarthSky explains that the best time to catch this shooting star showcase is after midnight but before dawn on all three peak days.

If you'll be missing out on the best three days, the meteors will leave remnants throughout the sky for about 10 days following the Perseid's peak.

Finding a dark spot away from city lights will only improve your chances of catching a glimpse of these "shooting stars." So get ready to set up camp at one of these six mesmerizing spots in Georgia for the best views of the Perseid meteor shower.

Moccasin Creek State Park

Price: $5 for parking, $30 to $35 for camping

Address: 3655 Georgia Hwy197, Clarkesville, GA

Why You Need To Go: This park is located right next to Lake Burton and in the mountains, so the land is relatively flat. You'll have plenty of places to lay a blanket down and take a look at the sky. 

Tybee Island Beach Pier 

Price: Free

Address: Tybee Beach Pier Tybrisa St., Tybee Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: When you walk down the pier, you'll notice there's not a lot of light, so it's the perfect place to see the stars. It's also completely free so you'll have scenic views of the ocean as well, though they are only open until 11 p.m. Get there early to watch the sunset while you wait for your shooting star show.


Stephen C. Foster State Park

Price: $5 parking, camping fees vary between $25 and $350 depending on accommodations.

Address: 17515 Hwy. 177, Fargo, GA

Why You Need To Go: This park is secluded away from city lights and has dark sky accreditations, so you know you're in for amazing sky views. You're also right by Okefenokee Swamp's stunning nature sights. 


Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Price: Free to visit, $10 per night camping fee.

Address: 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA

Why You Need To Go: This spot sits on 6,400 acres, making social distancing a breeze. There's a huge wooded forest you can hike through too and feel like you're in a mystical fairytale.


Cooper's Creek Recreation & Wildlife Management Area

Price: Free

Address: 8653 Mulkey Gap Rd., Suches, GA

Why You Need To Go: Spreading over 30,000 acres, this area is located right in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Expect darkness and ample opportunity to catch the shooting star show. Oh, and waterfalls too.


Deerlick Astronomy Village

Price: Membership options

Address: Grier's Field, Crawfordville, GA 

Why You Need To Go: As one of the darkest spots in the region, amateur and professional stargazers love to gather here. You will need a membership to hit this spot up though.

Happy stargazing!


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