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Skywatching - Perseid Meteor Shower

Join staff and volunteers from the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and Raleigh Astronomy Club in viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower at Dix Park on its peak night!

All you need to view meteors are your eyes, but we’ll also have telescopes for you to view other celestial delights, such as double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

We're also excited to welcome back Triangle Sax Ensemble who set the star gazing mood with smooth jazzy tunes!

Check out Morehead Planetarium's Skywatching FAQs to learn more about what to expect.

Time: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Big Field at Dix Park, 1010 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27603

Registration: This event is free and no ticket required. Registration helps us plan for attendance and you will receive weather alerts.



Unfortunately, you can't see meteors through the clouds (and neither can telescopes!) Skywatching will be canceled if it is cloudy or raining. 

What to Bring

  • A blanket or chairs so you can relax under the stars.
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. There are no food trucks at this event.

  • A small flashlight to help you walk across the field, but you might find that avoiding all light and letting your eyes adjust to the darkness is more beneficial. Even a little light can throw off your night vision.

Know Before You Go

  • There are port-a-johns and water fountain available near the program location.
  • The program takes place outside, please dress for the weather.
  • Please leave all pets at home, even those on a leash. Darkness, lots of people, expensive telescopes and pets on leashes is a bad combination. Pets will not be permitted near the telescopes.

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Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots.

Restrooms: Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the newly renovated Chapel.  

Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or