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Old 08-10-2007, 12:16 PM   #1
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Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Look up for falling stars this weekend. The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak Sunday, August 12 when the Earth passes through the dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The specs of dust burn up as they enter our atmosphere. Some burn long and bright, others are quick. The more dust, the more meteors!

On average, you should be able to see a meteor every minute or so. You do not need a telescope or binoculars to enjoy the show. Just get away from the city lights and look up!

Meteor showers are named for the constellation from which they seem to emanate. The Perseids are named for the constellation Perseus which will be in the Northeast part of the night sky.
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are u in a bathroom with a backpack on in your avatar .......... pewping

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I don't know, but it would be really cool to watch. Now my question is, and I feel stupid asking...

Is it going to be saturday night going onto sunday morning?
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Is it going to be sunday night going onto monday morning?
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I don't know, but it would be really cool to watch. Now my question is, and I feel stupid asking...

Is it going to be saturday night going onto sunday morning?
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Is it going to be sunday night going onto monday morning?
sounds like sunday night....

And no, greg...girls don't
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oh ya how could i forgot duh !

so what day / night is this
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sounds like sunday night....

And no, greg...girls don't
and why they are more full of $hit than we are
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sounds like sunday night....
And no, greg...girls don't
:laughing6:laughing6:laughing6:laughing6:laughing6 :laughing6:laughing6:laughing6 You said pewping.
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and why they are more full of $hit than we are
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That is all there is on the news... Let me try yahoo...
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It’s expected to display the greatest number of meteors Sunday morning (August 12), late Sunday night and Monday morning (August 13) before dawn. But you’ll see some Perseids Saturday (August 11) before dawn, too.
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To watch the show, find a dark, open sky. Get away from city lights, and give your eyes at least 20 minutes to adapt to the dark. The Perseid shower favors northern hemisphere skywatchers. Again, the best time to watch: Sunday morning, late Sunday night and Monday morning before dawn. At its peak, the Perseids typically produce 60 or more meteors per hour.
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August Meteor Shower Will Be 'A Great Show'

By Robert Roy Britt
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The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a great show this year, peaking in mid-August with a display of dozens of shooting stars each hour.

The Moon will be out of the way, leaving dark skies for good viewing as Earth plunges through an ancient stream of comet debris. Little bits, most no larger than sand grains, will vaporize in Earth's atmosphere, creating sometimes-dramatic "shooting stars."

"It's going to be a great show," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. "The Moon is new on August 12, which means no moonlight, dark skies and plenty of meteors."

How many?


This year the Perseid meteor shower could deliver one or two visible streaks every minute during peak times, Cooke said in a statement yesterday. Urban skywatchers will see fewer due to local light pollution.

The meteors in this shower all appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus. The best times to watch will be late night Aug. 12 through dawn Aug. 13.

"The August Perseids are among the strongest of the readily observed annual meteor showers, and at maximum activity nominally yield 90 or 100 meteors per hour," said Joe Rao, SPACE.com's Skywatching columnist. "However, observers with exceptional skies often record even larger numbers."

Observing tips

To see the show, one need only find a comfortable spot with a clear view of the northeast horizon, away from local lights. A dark rural location is best. Lie back on a blanket or lounge chair and scan the entire sky. In the late evening, starting around 9 p.m. local time, sharp-eyed observers might see "earthgrazing" meteors that skim the northeast horizon.

"Earthgrazers are long, slow and colorful," Cooke said. "They are among the most beautiful of meteors." But don't expect more than a handful in an hour, he said.

Later and during the overnight hours, the shooting stars will be higher in the sky as Perseus rises. Some skywatchers enjoy counting the number of meteors they see per minute, per hour or during a 15-minute interval and comparing notes.

Telescopes and binoculars are no help, as the meteors move too swiftly and are best observed with the naked eye.

The cosmic rivers of debris have been laid down for millennia by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes through the inner solar system every 130 years. Perseid meteoroids are exceptionally fast, entering Earth's atmosphere at roughly 133,200 mph (60 kilometers per second) relative to the planet, slamming into the air like bugs hitting a windshield.
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