August 10th, 2011

meteor

Astro-Porn of the Day: stars and fireflies. Also: Perseids this Friday!

Some loveliness appropriate to the time of year with a Kansas feel. The arcs are star-trails from a camera left on for three hours - you can feel the spin of the Earth. And those little green streaks? Firefly butts!


Click the image to see the APOD story.

And this Friday night (late) is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower:


Click the image to see the NASA story.

The only drawback this year is that we'll have a lot of Moon during the time the meteors are streaking through our atmosphere, so you'll only be able to see the brightest ones. Still, if you're looking for an excuse to camp beneath the stars this Friday night, there you go.

Chris