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Enjoy the 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower August 12, 2011

Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, meteor.
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The naked eye is the best instrument to use. The meteors can appear most anywhere in the sky, but they all appear to be coming from a point in the sky (called the radiant), in the constellation Perseus. Hence the name Perseid Shower.

Where do I look and what direction?

This is the most common question I hear people ask about meteor showers and the answer is very simple.

After midnight, look towards the East/Northeast part of the your sky to find Perseus. To find it look for the easily identifiable constellation Cassiopeia, the big “W” in sky! Perseus is just below Cassiopeia.

You can draw, take pictures and even video the Perseids, but the simplest and most enjoyable thing is to lay back, relax and be patient and you will be rewarded with a great a view.

Perseid in the NE. Just before Midnight August 12, Cental Daylight Time

The best times to look will be in the dark pre-dawn on August 11, 12 and 13, 2011.

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