Jan Mikael (13
"INFO: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight"
> Space Weather News for August 12, 2010
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Perseid meteor shower is
underway. Earth is passing through a wide stream of debris from Comet
Swift-Tuttle, and each time a fleck of comet dust hits Earth's
atmosphere--flash!--there is a meteor. Forecasters say the shower
will peak on Thursday, August 12th, and Friday, August 13th. You
can see Perseids flitting across the sky at any time between about 10
pm on Thursday evening and sunrise on Friday morning. Observers who get
away from city lights can expect to count dozens of meteors per hour,
especially during the dark hours before dawn.
> Tune into
http://spaceweather.com for full coverage of the shower, including a
live meteor radar, a "fireball cam," updated meteor counts and pictures
from around the world.
> BONUS: If you go outside a
little early on Thursday evening, around sunset, you'll see a beautiful
gathering of planets in the sunset sky--Venus, Mars, Saturn and the
crescent Moon. It's a nice way to start a meteor watch. Sky
maps may be found at http://spaceweather.com.