Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-image of the day: Perseid meteor shower tonight and tomorrow night!

Don't forget, folks! If you have clear sky tonight or tomorrow night, go out somewhere dark and watch the skies - after midnight is best, but any time after 10pm is good. You might see something like this (a time-exposure for dramatic effect, of course):

Click the image to see the story.

Bring a blanket and insect repellant, plus plan a good spot to park and lie down where you won't get hit by passing motorists. Go somewhere that has a dark-ish sky, especially in the northward direction, but if you have a dark sky in whatever direction, just watch the darkest part of the sky. You'll see about one meteor per minute in areas that aren't light-polluted, less depending on how much of the sky is glowy.

Don't just stand and crane your neck, or you'll lose enjoyment in a hurry. Be patient. Talk about life, the universe, and everything. Once in a while, your discussion will be punctuated by, "Oooh, did you see that?"

Speaking of falling stars, I went to see Stardust today with adammaker and Jack and a friend of Adam's, and ran into Chris K. at the theater. Oh, my, if you haven't seen it yet and you like fantasy, GO SEE THIS MOVIE! I loved it! Must go see it again.

Dark skies,
Tags: astronomy

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