Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How to get in on tonight's Perseid meteor shower.

Did you know that tonight (Texas Standard Time) is the best time to watch the Perseid "shooting stars"?  They come around every August.  I have some great memories of watching them with many a BFF.  So fun.  The good news is that, even A-town's night-light pollution won't block out the brightest comets in this meteor shower!  Of course, according to Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center, the best show will be away from city lights.  "The greater flurry of faint, delicate meteors is visible only from the countryside," he says.

Here is a pic from the same webpage.  Imagine lots of these at once [well you know, within an hour]! Weee!

Further details lifted from NASA:
Peak Activity: Aug. 12-13, 2010, approximately 50 meteors per hour. The crescent moon will set early in the evening, allowing for dark skies all the way up until peak viewing just before dawn.  Meteor Velocity: 61 kilometers (38 miles) per second.   
Note: The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most consistent performers and considered by many as 2010's best shower. The meteors they produce are among the brightest of all meteor showers. 
What is the Perseid meteor shower? I lifted this next info from the Discovery magazine  blog.
WHAT: The height of the Perseid shower comes every August, because that’s the time our planet passes through a certain debris path.
The Perseids are created by the tiny remnants left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. The Earth passes through this material once a year, creating a spectacular show as the cometary particles burn up in the atmosphere.
 So,  in the spirit of pondering that which is greater than us, here is a youtube link.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this information. I had forgotten about the meteor showers. I'll be watching! The video was very strange.

  2. Thanks for visiting Meredehuit! The video is certainly strange, but I love seeing how connected those birds are to each other. It seems almost otherworldly, but it is right here on earth ;-)