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Watch the Perseids Tonight

August 13, 2010

Perseids

Imagine what it would be like if the universe threw a New Year’s party in your backyard. Well, that’s what’s happening tonight. They are called the Perseids, a stream of meteors that seem to come from the constellation Perseus. And they are the rockstars of the meteor shower world (up to 50 an hour). They’ve been showing up since the end of July and will be around till close to the end of August, but tonight they are out in full force. Don’t miss this opportunity to take in some of the wonder of the massive universe that you live in. Here’s a few tips if you plan to go stargazing.

  • Get comfortable. Depending on where you live, you may want to bring a jacket and a blanket. You’ll definitely want to bring a sleeping bag or picnic blanket to lay out on.
  • Turn off your cellphone. They ruin your night vision and they’ll distract you from just being where you are.
  • Get outta town. Light pollution and clouds will make it a little harder to see the stars and meteors above. If you can, find a place away from the city and possibly at a high point to watch.
  • Know where Perseus is. (Check out the pictures below) If you don’t know your sky, look for these markers: Orion, Cassiopeia, & Cepheus. Perseus is right between them. Don’t concentrate too hard, though, meteor’s can streak all over the sky during a meteor shower.
  • Plan for a late night. Often, the best times to see meteor showers are between midnight and dawn. You don’t have to stay the whole time. Even an hour or two will be worth your time.

So here it is, your invitation. The universe will take care of the fireworks, all you gotta do is bring a few friends, kick back and enjoy the show.

Perseus

Perseus

Orion

Orion

Cepheus & Cassiopeia

Cepheus & Cassiopeia


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