Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Perseid Meteor Showers Begins Tonight


If you aren't doing anything and really want to see a free magical show than do what we did last year, and take your lawn chairs and find a remote dark location after midnight and let your eyes wander to the heavens.

After midnight tonight and through tomorrow night the most amazing meteor shower begins. You are almost guaranteed to see a meteor a minute. You need to find a dark location if possible and a clear sky. Here in the desert that is just right outside our front door and we ask our neighbors to turn off their porch lights to really make it dark.

For ideal conditions we could drive about 10-15 minutes out into the remote locations of the desert since it really does surround our entire city and just begin to star gaze. Not only that but three planets will be visible tonight as well in the lower southeast sky, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Last year, we literally saw more falling stars than our kids could count and it was truly something amazing. We set our alarms for about 2am and then meet outside, recline the chairs back and begin watching the night sky. We try to see who can spot them first.

If you have never done this before, you have until midnight tonight through tomorrow evening to catch God's spectacular nighttime show. It's free and is truly a one of a kind night, especially if your kids have never seen a falling star. Tonight it will be magic.

Here's more information as well as a link to the Farmer's Almanac to show the stars visible tonight.

Mars skims below Saturn on the 1st. Venus passes below Saturn from the 6th to the 8th, then finally catches Mars from the 15th to the 22nd. All are now low in the southwest at nightfall. The trio form interesting triangles during the first half of the month, with the crescent Moon dangling below them on the 12th. Perfect moonless conditions prevail for the great Perseid meteor shower on the night of the 11th–12th. The action intensifies after midnight, with one meteor per minute, on average. Jupiter, at a dazzling magnitude –2.8, rises by 10:00 p.m. at midmonth and is nicely up at midnight, dominating the sky. Venus closely meets Virgo’s blue star Spica on the 30th and 31st. There are expected to be 50 meteors per hour with the origins beginning in the sky at the NE, so begin your search there.

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19 comments:

Denise said...

Sounds amazing sis.

Parsley said...

Oh BOY!!! FUN FUN FUN! Thank you for telling us to look up...in more ways than one. ;-)

Terra said...

Thanks for reminding me, now if the fog will lift we can see it tonight.

Joyce said...

One year when we lived in England we took our sleeping bags out back and laid in the grass and watched a spectacular meteor shower. So amazing!

sunnycalgirl said...

Thanks for all of the great information!

Just Breathe said...

Being in Mammoth Lakes is a good thing.

Thena said...

Sounds beautiful.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I woke up last night and was looking for it to start-I didn't realize it was tonight, thanks for the update.

Love your caption on my blog picture!

Robin~♥

KrippledWarrior said...

The perseids in August and the Leonids in November.
I never knew you were a stargazer.

Mari said...

We've watched this and it's beautiful! It's supposed to be cloudy here tonight, but maybe tomorrow.

Toia said...

That's awesome and amazing!!! Thanks for the heads up and thanks for stopping by. I love when you visit...you encourage me so with your comments. Blessings to you!!!

Saleslady371 said...

My husband loves astronomy and wants to do this too. Being in the desert, it should be clear! We're looking forward to it.

RCUBEs said...

I got excited the other night on my way to work to see one meteor burning through the atmosphere and gone in 2 seconds. What more if there are bunches? That must be magical!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Sounds beautiful....Wow

sunshine said...

I can watch this from the roof of my house, which is flat and has 2 lounge chair. I've watched a few before, and it's just amazing, makes you feel like such a small thing in this vast amazing universe!
Thanks for commenting on my blog and your advice. God Bless!
BTW, I am officially following your blog now...

Teresa said...

Awesome! I'm headed outside to behold such beauty from the Lord. I am going to wake my daughter up...she will love it!

The Notorious J.O.E. said...

Sounds AMAZING. I would enjoying catching this one year.

renewd42 said...

Thanks for sharing this...isn't Gods beauty grand?!!

Janet said...

I heard on the weather that here in Oregon we should have the show about 2 am. Hope I can get up to see the beauty like I did last year.

Beautiful picture.

Blessings
Janet