Thursday, August 12, 2010

Perseid Meteor Shower and Three Planets Align (Almost)

If you enjoy checking out the night sky, you should wander outside and take a peak this evening. Tonight, around 11 pm. up until early morning should be ideal viewing conditions for the Perseid Meteor shower. Since the moon will be in a crescent, the light interference should be minimal. If you live in a dark, rural area with minimal light interference, you could see up to 100 meteors per hour! Even if you do live where there is more lights about, you can still be in for a pretty cool show. Look toward the Northeast sky to enjoy the show.

You can also see the planets Mars, Venus and Saturn line up, sort of. They will be all together in a cluster in the western/southwestern sky. Look toward the moon to find them. They should be right above its crescent.


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