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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Perseids Peak Tonight!

Pic taken in CT in 2010 by my friend Al Chaniewski 
The Perseid meteor shower peaks early Thursday morning and you can watch it right here in Connecticut. All you have to do is look up!!

This is a great year for the annual display because the peak of the meteor shower coincides with an almost new moon (the opposite of a full moon).  That means less light pollution in the sky and more darkness to help find “shooting stars”. 

The Perseid meteor shower is really just debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle which has been orbiting the sun for centuries. As debris collides with the earth’s atmosphere at 140,000 mph, the debris heats up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat causes the long lived streaks you see in the sky. On a good night you can see one meteor a minute. 

Time: After midnight – before sunrise Thursday.

Where: Away from city lights. Although meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, you can see them just by looking up!

How Many: 50-100 meteors an hour

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