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Perseid Meteor Shower begins this week

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posted on Aug, 6 2008 @ 10:46 PM
this fire ball was seen over New Mexico - tho not considered part of the shower - but if anyone does go out for meteor gazing and gets any good pics please them here!!
would love to see them as I don't live where there is good visibility (Pacific Northwest - too much cloud cover most of the time)
thanks in advance

the annual Perseid meteor shower begins this week, slowly at first, with just a few meteors per hour, then building to a peak dozens of times more intense on Tuesday, August 12th. The source of the shower is Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has littered the August portion of Earth's orbit with space dust. Yet "this fireball was not a Perseid," notes Ashcraft. It did not fly out of the constellation Perseus as a genuine speck of Comet Swift-Tuttle would. Instead, it was probably a random piece of comet or asteroid, not part of any organized debris stream. Every hour of every night, a few such "sporadic meteors" can be seen from any location on Earth. Most are feeble, but some produce brilliant fireballs, as shown above. Keep an eye on the sky in the nights ahead. The Perseids are coming and the sporadics are already here. [full story] [sky map]

also the above site is a cool place for keeping track of interesting things happening in our galactic neighborhood...

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[edit on 7-8-2008 by Jbird]

posted on Aug, 7 2008 @ 02:59 PM
reply to post by realshanti

Anyone been watching this event??? All you fans of the outer reaches - don't forget about us home bound chick-a-dees here at ATS/ - gimme pics - need input -
I'll even settle for a verbal description...


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