David Kirkpatrick

August 6, 2010

Get ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower

Filed under: et.al. — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:42 pm

The Perseids are always worth a trip away from the lights of the city to get a better look. The action happens around midnight August 12th-13th.

From the link:

The show begins at sundown when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy this naked-eye event: sky map:

Planets Align for the Perseid Meteor Shower
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The planets will hang together in the western sky until 10 pm or so. When they leave, following the sun below the horizon, you should stay, because that is when the Perseid  begins. From 10 pm until dawn,  will flit across the starry sky in a display that’s even more exciting than a planetary get-together.

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