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Maybe you've noticed some meteors over the past week or two: That'd be from the Perseids. Starting tonight and running for a couple of days, though, we'll be hitting the densest part of the meteor swarm, during which time you could see jems like this:

Click the image to see the story.

So get thee to a dark place and lie down with some friends! (Not like that! Well, like that would be okay, too, but try to look up once in a while.) Here's where you should look at about midnight:

Click the image to see the story.

Late nights are always best for meteor showers, because the Earth's atmosphere is like a car's windshield: It hits more junk facing into its orbital path (like a windshield) than on the sides or rear. Expect to see dozens per hour (though the dimmer ones are only visible when it's very dark).

The best time will be about 3:00am Central Time (1:00am Pacific) tomorrow. That's when Earth will whip through a super-dense dust path from the Perseids' parent comet (Swift-Tuttle). For about an hour, you will see as many as 200 meteors per hour! The gibbous Moon will interfere a bit, but - dude! - 200 an hour!

So get out there tonight and tomorrow and enjoy the storm! And I wanna see photos ;-)

Chris

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weaselmom
Aug. 11th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
And for the love of God, watch out for drunk bats. Have fun! It's been overcast the last few days here, but I hope for a break in the clouds...
mckitterick
Aug. 12th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
That bat! What a night. Miss you!
weaselmom
Aug. 12th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Me too! I was glaring up at the heavy clouds last night, hoping your skies were clear.
theoneinblue
Aug. 11th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up!
bellanorth
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder.
I've had this marked for some time, and I'll be out tomorrow looking for them. It's almost a tradition at this point.
tully01
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, Perseids...
woadwarrior
Aug. 12th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
We don't have a windmill! How will I find them?
mckitterick
Aug. 12th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
:-D
sarahkanning
Aug. 12th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I was going to say that I don't think I could possibly stay up that late -- but 3 a.m. -- maybe I could get up that early in the morning.
mckitterick
Aug. 12th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Late's easier for me than early, but alas: I couldn't see anything from my yard. And I'm not yet up to scooting alone in the dark.
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