Perseid meteor shower (August 11 and 12)

  • metta

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    Aug 11, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
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    This weekend is the great Perseid meteor shower (August 11 and 12)! In many years, major celestial showers can be spoiled by a bright Moon and seldom occur in darkness (when the Moon is absent or in a dim crescent phase), but 2012 is not like most years. Meteors will fill the sky (50 per hour) undiminished by lunar light. We can only hope that weather conditions don't rain on this parade. Read more--and get viewing tips--on our Sky Watch page: http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/skywatch


    Sounds like a good weekend to go to Joshua Tree!
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    Aug 11, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    I'm excited for this. My local news station said that I'll be able to see them at 11pm over here.
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    Thanks OP for the heads up. icon_smile.gif

    I hate the fact that I live in NYC. About the only heavenly bodies I can see are the moon, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. Sometimes the ursa major, north star, and Sirius.

    When I was in Lake George a few weeks ago I saw so many beautiful stars it was mind boggling. The best and the most amazing sight, however, was when I was on Big Island of Hawaii at a new moon. It was pitch dark at night and all I see was a clear sky full of stars. I couldn't believe my eyes it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen my life. It really makes you wonder what is out there and about the purpose of life, like why were we put here on earth, and what's after life when we pass on to another realm....

    tangent: Stowe, Vermont is a close second. I was also there at summer when there was a new moon.
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    Fuck that site. It has a popup advertisement you have to close before reading the article. That makes it a commercial site, instead of one that strives to inform.

    This one actually informs of the meteor shower, without popups, and with more info:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48617243/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.UCX1gaPN58E

    That said, I'll be at Picacho Peak tomorrow evening to watch it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:31 AM GMT
    i hope the sky is clear during the waning crescent moon.
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Perseids-at-Their-Prime-165433206.html

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    Aug 12, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    Either I missed it or I can't see it.
    Neight is sad icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 12, 2012 8:36 AM GMT
    Oh I seen this I thought I was going crazy for a bit guess the sky is just falling
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    Aug 12, 2012 8:38 AM GMT
    Clouds......icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 12, 2012 10:19 AM GMT
    I saw a couple, it was fantastic
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    Aug 12, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
    It was cloudy. icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 12, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    I missed it. ;(

    Youtube to the rescue!
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 12, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    Cloudy here. icon_sad.gif