Perseids

This week, skywatchers will be spoiled with jam-packed skies: meteors raining down, a moon-planet-star triangle and a large asteroid flyby. Meteor Shower Peaks. The year’s best-known celestial event officially peaks at 6 p.m. GMT Monday, August 12, when the Perseid meteor shower will produce anywhere from 20 to 80 shooting stars per hour, depending on…

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Look Up! Perseid meteors have started to rain down around the world. According to early global observation reports over the weekend, pre-peak Perseid numbers are starting to ramp up, with some skywatchers already seeing as many as 30 shooting stars per hour. (see also: A Guide to Watching the Spectacular Perseids) With the moon out…

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Look Up! Perseid meteors have started to rain down around the world. According to early global observation reports over the weekend, pre-peak Perseid numbers are starting to ramp up, with some skywatchers already seeing as many as 30 shooting stars per hour. (see also: A Guide to Watching the Spectacular Perseids) With the moon out…

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With the moon out of the sky for most of the week, skywatchers get to experience dark nights, perfect for exploring stellar giants and enjoying a sprinkle of shooting stars. Arcturus Shines:  Monday,  August 5, look west after nightfall for orange-hued Arcturus, the lead star in the kite-shaped, northern constellation Bootes (the herdsman).  At 37…

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