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    Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight!

    "The Perseid meteor shower is expected to give skywatchers a spectacular show Wednesday and Thursday.

    But you need to get up early. Or stay up really, really late.

    The annual meteor shower will peak on those two days, and this year's waning moon will darken the sky, providing a brilliant view.

    The meteor shower will be active between midnight and dawn and will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, said Matthew Benjamin, a planetary scientist and education program manager at the University of Colorado's Fiske Planetarium."

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28...hower-colorado

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    How to watch the Perseid meteor shower
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/weathe...ower/31467383/

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    The Perseid Meteor Shower Is About To Peak. Here's How To Watch
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-w...s-how-to-watch

    "Set your alarm clocks. The Perseid meteor shower, the annual celestial lightshow that Space.com com calls the most widely observed and dependable meteor display of the year, will peak tonight and early tomorrow morning.

    NASA says this year's show promises to be more spectacular than usual.

    "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," according to the space agency. "The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower.""

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    "At peak activity during the shower, the meteor count could be up to 100 meteors per hour, NASA says, with meteors radiating from the direction of the constellation Perseus."


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    "The shooting star spectacle peaks on the night of Wednesday into Thursday morning, with as many as 90 to 100 shooting stars an hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Royal Astronomical Society in the U.K. In the eastern U.S., the most prolific cosmic bombardment will likely be around 4 a.m. Eastern time."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...-how-to-watch/

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    "Stargazers can enjoy the oldest meteor shower known to Earth overnight Wednesday. The annual shower, known as the Perseids, will peak at 3 a.m. local time Thursday, according to astronomers.

    That's "because the moon is almost new and there's no moonlight to mess with the show," said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. The last time the Perseids peaked with little moonlight was 2007. If the weather is good, expect one shooting star a minute, maybe more, said Cooke."


    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/...meteor-shower/

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    "It's that time of the year again when you can enjoy a spectacular natural light show in the sky, courtesy of the Perseids. The meteor shower peaks tonight, so if you're living somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, ready your binoculars, telescopes and cameras -- or don't, since it's perfectly visible to the naked eye -- because it'll be raining light streaks until the early hours of August 13th. NASA says the skies' conditions are especially good this year, as the moon is nearly new and doesn't reduce the shower's visibility. You know what does affect its visibility, though? City lights. If you can't drive away from all the light pollution to watch the Perseids yourself, you can do the second best thing and tune in to NASA's live broadcast starting at 10PM to 2AM (ET)."

    http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/12/perseids-2015/

    Nasa's live broadcast: https://plus.google.com/+NASA/posts/Vj2DLuFnki3

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    People are posting some of their sightings here:
    https://plus.google.com/+NASA/posts/Vj2DLuFnki3

    I'm not seeing anything yet, lol...not sure how much longer I can stay awake...


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    It was gorgeous! The kids and I laid out under the Milky Way and saw over 30 meteors in less than 30 minutes. We live smack in the middle of a 70 acre pasture with no streetlights and 25 miles from the nearest city. The sky is absolutely clear and perfect for viewing. Nights like tonight make me thankful I live 10 miles past Nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T4Tide View Post
    It was gorgeous! The kids and I laid out under the Milky Way and saw over 30 meteors in less than 30 minutes. We live smack in the middle of a 70 acre pasture with no streetlights and 25 miles from the nearest city. The sky is absolutely clear and perfect for viewing. Nights like tonight make me thankful I live 10 miles past Nowhere.
    That's awesome!

    (I should get off this board so I can go see if I see any! )

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    Alright, I saw 3 quick flashes of light independently, once about every ten or fifteen minutes (I think, either that or it was my astigmatism...). It was cool but my eyes hurt from staring and my neck and back hurts from looking up haha...I guess I'll roll the recliner and blanket outside...maybe pop something in the microwave.


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    Haha...yeah, we laid flat on the concrete driveway. Helped the neck, but wasn't easy on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T4Tide View Post
    Haha...yeah, we laid flat on the concrete driveway. Helped the neck, but wasn't easy on the back.
    (Argh I'm falling asleep...darn! )

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    I went out late last night and all I saw was a coyote. Really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post
    I went out late last night and all I saw was a coyote. Really.
    All I saw were clouds...

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    saw a few early Wed morning (between 4 and 530 am) and saw a couple this morning while driving Mr HC to the train..........squeeeeee!!!! Geek that I am I really get a kick out stuff like this ...lol
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