Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight, 60 meteors per hour, perfect sky conditions

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    finally the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Wit this event, meteor season 2010 will kick off in a big way.

    Every August, Earth passes through the stretch of space junk shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, reaching the deepest concentration of debris tonight. According to some estimates, under ideal conditions (dark country skies), one can expect to see 60 meteors per hour. The reason the meteors are called Perseids is because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus. The best time to view the shower is in the pre-dawn hours, with 3-5am being best.

    Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight, 60 meteors per hour, perfect sky conditions


    get out and enjoy if you can.
     
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    "Perfect sky conditions" in bloody CLEVELAND. What about where the rest of the real world is? (Just kidding - Go Cleveland!)

    But, all kidding aside - L.A. has our annual marine layer. Clouds cover everything from sundown to sunup. Not so good here, I'm afraid.
     
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    tis overcast here too.....i have seen them many many years ago...it was worth the effort..
     
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    Looks like the weather here will be perfect for me to watch this. :cool:
     
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    :happy-1:
     
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    i should get a good view, being in the middle of nowhere, with very little 'light' pollution or smog....if the sky stays clear with no clouds.
     
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    cloudy here, maybe i'll have better luck with the leonids. :evil:
     
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    Geminid meteor shower is tonight...
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    An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky
    December 12, 2017 - This week, the skywatchers will experience a flashy double feature: The Geminid meteor shower — one of the year's best — will coincide with an unusually close encounter by an asteroid.
     
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    I saw more than a dozen in about 10 minutes. Very cool.
     

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