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08-13-10, 12:28 AM #1
Perseid Meteor Shower Right Now!!!
Grap a cold beverage and head outside and look up. It started about 20 minutes ago.
Perseid meteor shower peak visibility tonight in Birmingham area | al.com
Perseid meteor shower peak visibility tonight in Birmingham area
Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 9:30 AM
Patrick Hickerson -- The Birmingham News
Perseid meteor shower. (Special/NASA)
A free, late-night light show should get started around 10 Thursday night -- about 56 miles overhead.
The Perseids meteor shower peaks this evening with sky watchers expecting an above-average show that should last into dawn.
Meteor showers occur when the Earth plows through comet dust that intersects its orbit. Fine particles less than an inch wide slam into the atmosphere at 125,000 mph, emitting bright streaks of light.
Many meteor showers are hampered by a bright moon washing out the night sky.
The moon should be below the horizon by 10 p.m., said Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
The streaks of light will appear to radiate from the Perseus constellation in the northeast sky.
But Cooke has a better way to get oriented.
"Lie flat on your back and look up," Cooke said.
About a streak per minute is expected, Cooke said.
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08-13-10, 12:48 AM #2
08-13-10, 07:58 AM #3
I no one got hit by a wayward space rock or abducted by the aliens riding it!
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