time to look: up in the nighttime sky! is it a bird? a plane? NO, it's the Perseids ;-)

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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    from Florida ( to lots of other places with clear skies)
    Perseid meteor shower bringing unusually large light show this week
    http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-d...-unusually-large-light-show-this-week/2288969

    Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 11-12


    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies/perseid-meteor-shower-aug11-12.html

    Make plans now to stay up late or set the alarm early next week to see a cosmic display of “shooting stars” light up the night sky. Known for it’s fast and bright meteors, the annual Perseid meteor shower is anticipated to be one of the best potential meteor viewing opportunities this year.

    The Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet. This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display.

    “Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12,” said Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Alabama. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.”

    An outburst is a meteor shower with more meteors than usual. The last Perseid outburst occurred in 2009.

    Every Perseid meteor is a tiny piece of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years. Each swing through the inner solar system can leave trillions of small particles in its wake. When Earth crosses paths with Swift-Tuttle’s debris, specks of comet-stuff hit Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they seem to fly out of the constellation Perseus.


    EDIT: other ways to watch, below:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-perseid-meteor-shower-peaks-tonight-how-to-watch/
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    no luck for rick; overcast skies :vbfrown:
     
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    I've been in the perfect place all week (cabins in the Adirondacks with no electricity), but too many clouds. :vbrolleyes:
     
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    Blasted clouds have been on hand every nite for the last week. Raining every afternoon, too; sometimes more often. :vbfrown:
     
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