Sunday, August 11, 2013

Stay Up Tonight For The Last Of The Perseids!

Don't Miss The Perseids!

Ok, so what's a Perseid? Well, if you were old enough in  1992 you may remember the passage of the Swift-Tuttle Comet. It only comes within view of the Earth every 130 years so the odds of me seeing it again aren't that good. Anyway, Perseids are essentially "space pollution" leftover from the passage of the Swift-Tuttle which is resulting in some amazing nights. Tonight in the early pre-dawn hours (For me in Boston, that's about 4 a.m. EDT) will probably be the best night of them all with people already reporting last night that they were seeing over a 100!!

Even if you are not a space buff, this is something you shouldn't miss as you probably won't be alive to see the Swift-Tuttle, let alone the fallout! I am hoping for big meteors along the North-East US coast line. Friends of mine in Maine and New Hampshire reported seeing quite a a few large meteors and a lot of "shimmers" last night into early this morning.

Below is a live broadcast of the skies over Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Perseid meteor shower has started and is peaking on the nights of Aug. 11-12. This live feed is an alternative for stargazers caught with bad weather or light-polluted night skies. The camera activates at full dusk (approx. 9 p.m. EDT). During the day you will either see a dark gray box or pre-recorded footage.

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