Monday, August 11, 2008
Reminder! TONIGHT and in the morning is the Perseid meteor shower!
Just a reminder to everyone to get outside tonight to watch the Perseids. They have been sporadic for a couple weeks and will be sporadic for a couple more, but TONIGHT! Tonight is the height of the shower!
The best time will right before dawn tomorrow morning, so set your alarms! Another good time will be around 9 p.m. tonight, when the slower (but less frequent) "earthgrazers" will skip through our atmosphere. Setting your alarm for a couple hours before dawn and getting away from lights is your best bet and will offer the most reward when you can see dozens, maybe even hundreds, of meteors. Look to the NE skies, near the Perseus constellation.
There is a free unit about a meteor at HSS, Call Me Ahnighito. It's a favorite here and I'll be getting it out today!
Visit NASA for more information.