Saturday, August 11, 2012
A Shower of Meteors in 2012 (video)
The Perseid meteor shower will be putting on an extraordinary show from Sunday to Tuesday (Aug. 11, 12, and 13). Venus, Jupiter, and Luna (our accompanying moon) will be there, too.
The "shooting star"-studded Perseid meteor shower is expected to wow earthlings on Saturday night with hundreds of ancient, vaporized, dust-specks streaking [through] the atmosphere at more than 100,000 miles per hour. Available to anyone with a clear, dark sky, the only thing keeping you from the show is rampant air and light pollution, and whatever else you may be doing at the time. This event is ideal star-gazing for the lazy. The Perseids, peaking late Saturday Aug. 11/early Sunday Aug. 12, provide the perfect opportunity to take in heavenly bodies sans telescope or fancy equipment. Seeing as much sky as possible is the goal, and laying down to look up is encouraged. The Perseids are a fan favorite among celestial groupies, a popularity Senior Editor of Astronomy magazine, Michael E. Bakich, attributes to the annual spectacle's four unique elements: More