The annual Perseid meteor shower is visible on Wednesday although you may have to catch it before moon rise as the late rising moon may wash out the dark night sky making it very difficult to view the meteor shower streaking by. However, if you wait till December the Gemenid meteor shower will dazzle you with 120 meteor’s per hour. Best to be seen midnight to sunrise. If you enjoy observing the sky on a regular basis you might be classified as an amateur astronomer. An amateur discovered a spot on Venus that is still being studied. Amateur astronomers can also enjoy a star party at the Chestmont Astronomical Society this weekend or check out the Franklin Institute star party on Thursday.Listen:[audio: st20090810.mp3]More information:Chestmont Astronomical SocietySaturday, August 15th, 2009Warwick County ParkAnd be sure to check out the Franklin Institute Star Parties – the second Thursday of the month.