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Perseid Meteor Shower


If you get a chance over the next week or more to take some extra time looking up into the night sky, it might be worth it. The Perseid meteor shower will be strengthening over the next week, and is predicted to peak during the morning hours on Tuesday Aug. 12th. At its peak 50-100 meteors per hour will be visible. A great website for meteor shower information and pictures is [www.spaceweather.com][1]. Check it out!Now for some personal information in this blog entry:It's very obvious that I enjoy the weather; learning about the weather, forecasting the weather, etc. But when I was a child I remember many nights looking at the stars and wondering whether I wanted to be a meteorologist or an astronomer when I grew up. I grew up in the country and the stars were very bright at night. My sister and I were allowed to sleep on blankets in our backyard on nights with meteor showers. And we never missed the Perseid! It's one of the best of the year, both because of the number of meteors possible, and because it is in the summer and it's easy to camp out and watch! Don't forget, if you make specific plans to go watch the big show next Monday night/Tuesday morning, make sure you get outside the city limits and away from the light pollution. Good luck!!I'll update the blog more about this as we get closer and we have a forecast for watching the show. [1]: http://www.spaceweather.com


overthemoon 9 years, 10 months ago

the perseids always peak on the 12th...which is nice, as its my birthday!

Alison Carter 9 years, 10 months ago

Are the meteors flying tonight.....even if the Perseidi hasn't peaked? Thought we'd float out into the middle of the lake for tonight's show....if there is one....since we won't be here on Monday/lTuesday.

jschack 9 years, 10 months ago

They will be building over the next several nights. I would not call tonight a show, but there may be a few out there. There should be more each night leading up to Monday night/Tuesday morning.

Mike Blur 9 years, 10 months ago

One thing before I continue with my post. I have to say Jen Schack, you have made my heart flutter for years. I've been a skywatcher since I was a kid.That said, this weekend might be the best time to view the Perseids in advance of the full moon. The moon is six days old, waxing crescent, and will only get brighter and "take over" the sky as the Aug 12 Perseid peak approaches. (According to my skywatching software, the next full moon will happen 21:18 UTC on the 16th.)Last year, the moon was "new" on Aug 12. I remember sitting in my driveway (3/4 mile long) at the rear door of my minivan, hatch open, sippin' a pint of Makers Mark straight out the bottle and gazing up at the sky. It was an amazing, unforgettable sight. The coolest thing was the fireballs, whizzing and burning audibly, seeming like they're going to land in the field next to you!I'll try to replicate that the next couple days, even thought the Perseid peak is not here yet.This weekend might be a good as it gets before the sky is bleached out by the moon.

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