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Alishan scenic area to host stargazing events in August

2018/07/16 17:38

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Stargazers are invited to attend a series of events organized around observing the Perseid meteor shower from Aug. 10-15 in Alishan National Scenic Area, Chiayi, the Chiayi Forest District Office said Monday.

The Perseids are annual meteor showers associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle and can be observed from the end of July through August every year, the district office said.

The Alishan scenic area, which is 2,000 meters above sea level, is an ideal spot for stargazing and its low light pollution offers great visibility, it added.

The events, organized jointly with the Chiayi Astronomical Society, will take place in three different time periods, Aug. 10-11, Aug. 13-14, and Aug. 14-15, according to the office.

The events will also include morning activities ranging from train rides, forest tours, and birdwatching, before heading to the Xiaoliyuanshan viewing platform in the evening for the meteor shower.

Anyone interested in attending the events can book in advance online via:

(By Huang Guo-fang and Ko Lin)Enditem/AW