Perseid meteor shower 2010 peaks on Aug 12


Source: flickr

The annual Perseid meteor shower (英仙座流星雨) will occur on Aug 12. Last year, we stayed in our backyard when it peaked. Even though it was a pretty good year, we saw only about couple of them. This year we will try again.

According to NASA, if you live in the North America, “The show begins at sundown when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy this naked-eye event: sky map. The planets will hang together in the western sky until 10 pm or so. When they leave, following the sun below the horizon, you should stay, because that is when the Perseid meteor shower begins.”

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