Saturday, August 11, 2012

How to watch this weekend`s Perseid meteor shower

This years Perseid meteor shower is underway. There's more to see than meteors, when the shower peaks on August 11th through 13th. The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up in the middle of the display.
This from NASA:

    "On August 11th, a 33% crescent Moon will glide by Jupiter, temporarily forming a bright pair directly above brilliant Venus. Red-giant star Aldebaran will be there, too, adding a splash of color to the gathering.

    On August 12th, the narrowing 24% crescent Moon will drop down between Jupiter and Venus. Together they make a bright 3-point line in the sky, frequently bisected by shooting stars.

    On August 13th, with the shower just beginning to wane, the planets put on their best show yet: The 17% crescent moon will pass less than 3 degrees from Venus as Jupiter hovers overhead. Sky watchers say there's nothing prettier than a close encounter between the slender crescent Moon and Venus—nothing, that is, except for the crescent Moon, Venus and a flurry of Perseids."


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