Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Perseid Meteor Shower!
yay, so I just read that the annual Perseid Meteor Shower is expected this week. however, you'll only catch it in the wee hours of morning...well, I'm gonna be doing that tonight and tomorrow morning. They say that most of the meteors are no bigger than a pea O.o
The best time to watch is between midnight and dawn Wednesday. Forecasters say the best stretch could come between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. ET (1-2 a.m. PT), which would be after daybreak in Europe. Some Perseids might be visible late Tuesday night, and Wednesday night into Thursday morning could prove worthwhile, too.
The best bet for anyone is to get in as much observing time as possible from around 11 p.m. Tuesday night until dawn Wednesday, and if you miss that show, try the same time frame Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
Meteors should be visible in the pre-dawn hours, weather permitting, all around the Northern Hemisphere.
"Earth passes through the densest part of the debris stream sometime on Aug. 12," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Then, you could see dozens of meteors per hour."
(I got most of the above from yahoo. here's the link to more info if u want to learn more O.O...which i personally am not very interested in but, oh well: http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090811/sc_space/strongmeteorshowerexpectedtonight)