Perseid Meteor Shower

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Got an e-mail from Aaron with some details about the Perseid meteor shower coming up tonight/tomorrow:

COUNTDOWN TO THE PERSEIDS: The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks one week from today, on Tuesday, August 12th. The best time to look is to look in the Eastern sky during the dark hours before dawn next Tuesday morning when forecasters expect 50 to 100 meteors per hour. Get away from city lights if you can; plan a camping trip! The darker the sky, the more meteors you will see.
The source of the Perseids is Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has littered the August portion of Earth’s orbit with space dust. The dusty zone is broad and Earth is already in its outskirts. As a result, even before the peak on August 12th, you may see some “early Perseids” streaking across the night sky.

Should be a pretty neat show – wake up early on Tuesday and see how many meteors you can spot!

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  1. This past Saturday night I stayed up late after the family went to bed and goofed around with my cameras taking some night pictures. I must have seen five or more “falling stars” that night, though I was unable to get any pictures.

    This morning I woke up early, well before sunrise and went out side for a few minutes. I saw one in about five minutes. Even though I only saw one, it was much brighter and more defined than the five or so I saw Saturday night….

    One of these days we will have a nice meteor shower on a weekend night so I can stay up and watch (and photograph). 🙂

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