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Summer meteor showers nearing

The Perseid meteor shower has become an annual summer event for some sky-watchers. This year, Wednesday will mark the day (or night as it were).

The shower is named after the constellation Perseus. If you can think back to Greek Mythology, Perseus was the hero who slayed Medusa and rescued and married the Andromeda. The meteors are actually caused from debris from comet 109/Swift-Tuttle as it makes it's way through the inner part of our solar system.

Here is the best part for the star-gazers: This will be one of the best meteor showers all year! At the peak, on Aug. 12, the shower is expected to produce anywhere between 60 to 100 meteors per hour. Unfortunately, the moon will still be in one of the brighter stages (waning Gibbous phase) and we will have to compete with that for maximum viewing. You may have to get out before the moon rises to get a good sighting. You still may be able to see a few of these meteors between now and Aug. 22 if you just can't wait.

Here is what you need to do to get a good show:

• Find a dark area that is away from the city lights.
• Keep your eyes focused to the northeast and toward the constellation Perseus.
• Make sure that you have bug spray handy!

Happy viewing!


cluckychicken 12 years, 2 months ago

As i sat in the garden last week looking up enjoying the night cool I saw the crazy shooting stars and thought OK, Perseids!!! Perhaps I'll catch some tonight. Just sit still with your head back and look up.


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