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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Perseid Meteor Shower, 2009

They said the peak of the showers were visible last night. It was overcast here, so we couldn't see them. Viewing should still be good tonight though:

Perseids: What They Are, How to Watch the Meteors, More
[...] The greatest concentration of Perseid meteors will hit Earth's atmosphere this afternoon, when they should be largely invisible in North America. But tonight should be just as good a show as last night (Perseids picture from 2008).

To watch, pack a blanket, bug spray, and snacks, then lie on your back away from city lights, with a view of as much of the sky as possible. The best viewing hours should be whenever skies are clear and whenever the moon isn't present. For example, the U.S. East Coast should have moonless skies between about 10:45 p.m. and 1 a.m. (check your local moonrise and moonset times).

Look for the shooting stars to streak out from the northeast to points across the sky, especially at and after midnight (see animated diagram below). [...]

The shower actually continues on till August 25th. But after the peak which is occurring now, the amount of meteors you see will be less numerous, but still fun to watch for.

Also see: Night Sky Observer: Perseids 2009

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