From My Windowless Office: Perseid Metor Shower This Week!

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From My Windowless Office: Perseid Metor Shower This Week!

My fellow windowless-office sharer, Sam Z., just informed me that this very week is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower! Not like I’ll see it in DC, but where there’s a vehicle, there’s a way.

So, I dare you, grab some sort of transporting device and get your butt outside the city in the middle of the night (or very early morning) on Wednesday or Thursday.

More on the Perseid meteor shower here.

The best time to watch for meteors will be from the late-night hours of Wednesday, Aug, 11 on through the predawn hours of Aug. 13 – two full nights and early mornings. Patient skywatchers with good conditions could see up to 60 shooting stars an hour or more.

Also, check out this site for other 2010 meteor showers and viewing tips (also has a pretty good and brief answer to the question “what is a meteor shower?”).

For a cool little “NASA chat” about the Perseid meteor shower this year, click on the NASA image to the right.

Side note to show you how cool I am: late last year, my friends Erin and Jeff, and I went way outside the city at 2am on a Monday night to lay in the middle of a cornfield and watch the Leonids meteor shower. Remains one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. (Did you know that if a meteor is big enough you can actually hear it? It’s amazing!)

 



Comments [2]

theStephy_Chicago's picture

Perseid Meteor Shower

I've seen them several times in the last week. They are amazing, magical. Makes me feel about twenty years younger. Tonight the Library was to have the local Astronomy Club with several telescopes set up outside. Naturally, Chicago is socked-in, as they say.

The up side of the clouds is that the sun didn't get a chance to really bake us today. Who could NOT believe in Global Warming, with this heat and the glaciers melting off. When I was a kid, they told us it would take a thousand years for those things to melt.

Hope you get to see them before they are gone!

theStephy_Chicago

SMBrown's picture

It's been a long time since

It's been a long time since I've laid in a dark field and watched an astronomical event.  Too long!

p.s. heard (from my weather dude) that since the moon will be just a slim crescent it should make for even better viewing!