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  posted on 8/10/2010 at 01:54 AM

Thursday, August 12th, 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.

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 meteor shower begins. From 10 pm until dawn, meteors will flit across the starry sky in a display that's even more exciting than a planetary get-together.
These meteors are called Perseids because they fly out of the constellation Perseus.

Earth spends weeks inside it. Indeed, we are in the outskirts now, and sky watchers are already reporting a trickle of late-night Perseids. The trickle could turn into a torrent between August 11th and 13th when Earth passes through the heart of the debris trail.

2010 is a good year for Perseids because the Moon won't be up during the midnight-to-dawn hours of greatest activity. Lunar glare can wipe out a good meteor shower, but that won't be the case this time.

As Perseus rises and the night deepens, meteor rates will increase. For sheer numbers, the best time to look is during the darkest hours before dawn on Friday morning, Aug. 13th, when most observers will see dozens of Perseids per hour.


Looking northeast around midnight on August 12th-13th. The red dot is the Perseid radiant. Although Perseid meteors can appear in any part of the sky, all of their tails will point back to the radiant.
For best results, get away from city lights. The darkness of the countryside multiplies the visible meteor rate 3- to 10-fold. A good dark sky will even improve the planetary alignment, allowing faint Mars and Saturn to make their full contribution to the display.

Enjoy the show!


 

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  posted on 8/10/2010 at 10:32 AM
Thanks for the info. I'll be in Appalachia then, one of the darkest places in the east. And drinking and stayin' up late! Good times!
 

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  posted on 8/10/2010 at 10:34 AM
How come these things always happen at night?

 

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  posted on 8/10/2010 at 11:00 AM
THANK YOU for the specifics, Ayla! I was out at midnight last night to see what I could see and only saw one! I plan on definitely hanging out Thursday night! I love meteor showers! So magical!

 

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  posted on 8/10/2010 at 05:44 PM
Thanks for the reminder, Ayla. I did catch this once and it was amazing. Laid outside on a flat bench and just looked up at the heavens for hours. It was pretty awesome. Reminds one of how enormous the universe is and how small is each one of us. Humbling.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2010 at 05:51 PM
Thanks, Ayla!

 

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