Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird, It's a Plane! It's the Perseids!

As long as it doesn't rain or get cloudy this weekend, the Perseid meteor should be awesome to check out. The reason why this year's show promises to be so good? No moon! Yes! A meteor shower without competing moonshine (unless you plan to bring your own) is much easier to see. The peak is Sunday night, but you should be able to see some on Saturday night too. If you can, try to get to an area away from a city to remove light pollution.

Let the little ones see how late they can stay up!

To see the show, one need only find a comfortable spot with a clear view of the northeast horizon, away from local lights. A dark rural location is best. Lie back on a blanket or lounge chair and scan the entire sky. In the late evening, starting around 9 p.m. local time, sharp-eyed observers might see "earthgrazing" meteors that skim the northeast horizon.

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