Friday, August 10, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower

Don't forget to spend some time outside this weekend checking out the night sky. In the northern hemisphere, we will be able to see the Perseid Meteor Shower peaking tomorrow overnight (August 11th into the predawn hours of August 12th) as the crescent moon, Jupiter, and Venus shine brightly in the sky. Before you head outside, be sure to read EarthSky's top 10 tips for meteor-watchers including links to help determine the best time to see the shower where you are.

You can also download NASA's free Meteor Counter app (scroll to the bottom of the article) so that your junior star gazer can contribute their own meteor count numbers in a scientifically meaningful way.

*photo by Dominic Alves

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