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Wed Aug 8, 2012, 08:27 PM

"Promising Perseid meteor shower peaks on Sunday"

One of the most pleasant treats on a warm summer night is to lie out under a starry sky and try to see a few shooting stars, or meteors. Luckily, right now is a great time to try to see meteors in the night sky.

Any night this week you will have a good chance of seeing the annual Perseid meteor shower. These objects are tiny bits of rock and debris from an old comet, which is named Swift-Tuttle after the astronomers who discovered it in 1862.

Every year in early August, Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle's orbit and sweeps up some of this debris. As the tiny rocks encounter the thin upper atmosphere of the Earth, the air is heated to incandescence and we see a rapid streak of light.

More: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48571722/ns/technology_and_science-space/

I will try watching tonight if it's clear enough. Gonna rain Fri/Sat/Sun here. (Which is good, except for skywatchers.)

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GreenPartyVoter Aug 2012 OP
sadbear Aug 2012 #1
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LongTomH Aug 2012 #3
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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 08:29 PM

1. Sweet!

Weekend meteor showers are always cooler than weekday ones.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 08:31 PM

2. Yah! Have a sky watching party!

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 08:42 PM

3. Oh great! The weather forecast for the Kansas City area calls for 100% cloud cover Sunday morning!!

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Response to LongTomH (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 08:55 PM

4. You can see meteors any night this week after midnight. Just will be heaviest on Sat/Sun. :^)

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