Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Perseids of August - Meteors!!


Surely you remember our pals the Perseids, a meteor shower which comes this time every August.

What can we expect in a few days? The promise of wishing upon that falling "star" and knowing our dreams are heard - somewhere in the vastness of space/time. Yes I'm a romantic.

Here's a few seconds of an actual Perseid shower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XTBrYWrey0

Peak viewing is from the 11th-12th to the 14th, under a moonless night sky would've been best (new moon on the 10th, full moon on the 24th). They'll appear to be coming directly toward you. It would help if you're not in a city. Pick the darkest space around you and just observe - you should have no trouble seeing a great light shooting across the sky at least every 20 minutes, with stragglers continually. Take pictures!!

6 comments:

Thomas said...

Meteor showers are beautiful and awe-inspiring. The hard part is getting far enough away from all the street lights and security lights to see them.

Big Mark 243 said...

I took Lil Mook to watch the shooting stars one summer... back in the Metro and with no bike, I do not think I will get a chance to get away from the city lights... but in Nebraska...!

FrankandMary said...

I tend to always pick the darkest spot & just observe in life(well, not Always).
~Mary

Diane J Standiford said...

Who said that every wish should be heard and answered when wished on the morning star? Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it, and look what its done so far.
-Kermit the frog

DB said...

Thank you Cathy. I had to enjoy your tape as it has been nothing but cloudy here the whole time.
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Missy said...

Hi Cathy, it's been a while but I am back on Blogger. Hope you are doing well... That video was cool. I have never seen anything like that in real life..

Missy