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Justin Case
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I'm so glad that I happened upon a reminder on a news headlines page, I've had so many other little projects and distractions going on that the Perseids had completely escaped my attention this year. You may read an article here, but here is a pull quote:

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"Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of August 11-12", Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office said in a statement. "Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour."

Just to put that in perspective, in a regular year, we usually only get 80 meteors per hour during the Perseids.


Here's hoping for clear skies!

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Harmonica
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... and you don't have to live in a metropole. Those skyscrapers not only blocking views, but also send out too much light. And in Vegas you won't see much either. Best is the desert in Arizona of on the Prairie in Nebraska. Maybe it is somewhere near you.

Every year I try to remind myself to look up. Don't expect a spectacular light show. If you are lucky you see a quick trace in the sky. There are other meteor clouds as well, such as the Geminides around December 13th or the Bo-otides around January 4th.

Personally I am happy with a full moon.
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Rudy
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For those of you that live around Eastern PA, there is a dark park (Cherry Springs State Park) for sky gazers that is perfect for this sort of thing. If you check out the park's calendar on the site, it will give you a list of events that are going on. I went up a few years back (during the shower) and they had some big telescopes out for people to look at planets. It was very cool.
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I predict Triffids.
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slatersteven wrote:
I predict Triffids.

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Amusing movie, great book!


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Not to be pedantic but are the meteors coming to us, or is our orbit around the sun bringing us to them?
Wait-- that is pedantic. Sorry.
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Pedantic - is that one of those things that measures how far you've walked?
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MABBY wrote:
Not to be pedantic but are the meteors coming to us, or is our orbit around the sun bringing us to them?
Wait-- that is pedantic. Sorry.

Albert Einstein wrote:
It's all relative


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It's the intersection of two elliptic orbits - one of which has a greater eccentricity than the other
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