"Put out the lawn chair, set the alarm and maybe bring something to wet your whistle while you gaze into the nighttime sky — the year's best shooting star show has started.
"August's annual Perseids meteor shower peaks Sunday and Monday, promising perhaps 70 meteors an hour those evenings.
"'The Perseids are the good ones,' says meteorite expert Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
. . . . .
"You will have to stay up late to see the Perseids at their peak; the
best viewing comes from midnight to dawn, particularly after the
half-full moon sets at 1 a.m. on Monday, says Astronomy magazine's Michael Bakich. But they should appear at night during the week before and after the peak as well.
out of the city and the lights to give yourself a chance to see them,'
Bakich says. The rule of thumb is that you should be able to see all the
stars of the Big Dipper — seven stars if you are counting — to give
yourself enough darkness to catch the shooting stars. And give your eyes
an hour to adjust."
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2013/08/08/perseids-2013-meteor/2628521/
hale-bopp must be asleep at the wheel. We may have some difficulty seeing the Perrseids because of cloud cover: http://www.jsonline.com/business/clouds-may-not-cooperate-with-meteor-shower-b9973006z1-219124021.html
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