09
Aug
12

Huge meteor shower is here…through early next week

The Perseids, an annual mid-August shower are here. They peak Sat nite thru Mon nite, can be over 50 per hour (1 per minute), and are a classic. Best viewing is to get away from city lights for a few evening hours, late evening (after 10pm), and with a clear sky. That last part is an issue, because Saturday night is very questionable. I think Sunday night and Mon night are good though, in that regard. Best way to view them is to bring a sleeping bag, a cooler, and a date. Lay for 20 minutes to allow your eyes to acclimate to darnkess. Scan one portion of the skies over and over…the less head movement the better. And enjoy the show!

Here’s a tid bit on the shower:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/lather-up-your-weekend-with-the-perseid-meteor-shower/2012/08/09/d830302a-e259-11e1-98e7-89d659f9c106_blog.html

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