Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Perseids Approach

Credit: Jimmy Westlake

Don't forget, the peak times for viewing the Perseid meteor shower are coming up this weekend. Predictions are for as many as 50 to 60 meteors an hour, and you don't need to focus in on the constellation Perseus--the meteors will appear to come from all parts of the sky. Recommendations are for viewing in the predawn sky when there will be the added brilliant attractions of Jupiter, a breathtaking Venus, and a waning crescent moon.

For a complete Meteor Viewing Guide, go to this link via Earthsky.

Speaking of amazing things, how about this photo of the Mars Curiosity Rover landing by parachute on the surface of the Red Planet. It was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. As my niece wrote, "Oh Mars, I hope you're happy we're there. I hope we do right by you."

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