Posted 8/11/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)
I just wanted to let those who might have the time, and the pain eased enough to do so, to know that tonight (late tonight/very early tomorrow morning) is the peak for the Perseid Meteor Shower.
I hope it's okay but here are a few bit's of info from a news article on it:
"The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a good display of shooting stars in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday.
The best views will be from rural locations away from light pollution, where up to 60 meteors per hour could be seen, weather permitting. Urban and suburban skywatchers can expect far fewer.
The shower is typically best between midnight and dawn, when the side of Earth you are standing on is plowing into the stream as our planet plunges through space in its orbit around the sun. It's similar to how bugs hit the windshield of a moving car but rarely smack into the rear bumper.
Expect the shooting stars to arrive in groups. While scientists forecast 1 per minute during peak hours, the pace in fact tends to be higher for brief periods with relative droughts in between. Patience is truly a virtue. The best time to watch, regardless of your location, is from 2 a.m. to dawn local time, but the best seats will be in the western half of North America where dark skies coincide with the peak activity."
Those are bits from a yahoo article (not sure if I can post the link). The weather is nice enough right now that we can take a blanket and lay out and watch the stars if we wanted. I also wanted to add that this is TONIGHT and Early tomorrow morning - as in 3am tonight. Last year I missed the peak because it said Thursday - I thought thursday night, not 2am. :)
I hope some of you are able to watch it, and puts on a good show. I plan on setting my alarm to watch it. I even have hubby taking out a old futon matress tonight for me to lay on, and plan on grabbing him if it gets good. :) I guess it'll be me, the dogs and the cat.