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Time for the Perseids show again

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Linda, Aug 11, 2017 at 7:27 PM.

  1. Linda

    Linda Sweetheart of the Rodeo Staff Member Global Moderator Administrator

    This weekend is the peak time for the Perseids meteor shower. The prime viewing times are between midnight and dawn, but you can see some zooming by earlier in the evening.

    This show got its name because the meteors seem to be coming from the Perseus constellation, but actually we are passing through the debris field of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

    The Earth Sky website has more info about this and a lot of other topics.

    http://earthsky.org/tonight/peak-night-for-the-perseid-meteor-shower

    There is a link to a program that shows the path of the meteors. The screen shots were interesting. I was not able to get it to work on my computer, but it is a bit on the elderly side, so you all might have better luck.

    http://earthsky.org/todays-image/visualization-perseid-meteor-stream-ian-webster

    I might try some long exposures with my camera and see if I get lucky.
     
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