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Old 08-12-2007, 10:52 AM   #1
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Astronomers expect the annual Perseid meteor showers to produce a couple of shooting stars a minute if conditions are good Saturday and Sunday nights.


The showers will take place during a new moon, which should make them easier to see. They can be seen with the naked eye and are best seen away from city lights.

The showers are caused by tiny particles hitting the earth's upper atmosphere at about 132-thousand miles per hour. Air friction vaporizes them into the white-hot streaks seen from the ground.


Advice for watchers: Lie down on a blanket or lawn chair and keep looking straight up.
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:36 PM   #2
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better just lie on a blankie, you are apt to end up with one (or more) VERY stiff/sore necks in the morning IF you don't....!!!!
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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better just lie on a blankie, you are apt to end up with one (or more) VERY stiff/sore necks in the morning IF you don't....!!!!
And you know this how???????
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:13 PM   #4
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The showers are caused by tiny particles hitting the earth's upper atmosphere at about 132-thousand miles per hour.
I can see that just by following Fred when he is driving...

Speaking of, we TRIED to see them last nite from up in the hills east of San Diego at a nice county campground there (Dos Picos) .. but lost patience. Didn't see a danged one!

Fire and Ice Cream were more important!
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:35 AM   #5
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I took the big kids out to the drive-in last night.

We got to see a couple movies and several fairly impressive meteors.



I figured it was one of those "two birds with one stone" opportunity. We're sitting out in the dark looking at the night sky anyway...

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....I know this first hand from YEARS of experience and having both neck and back aches that go along with old(er)age, LOL!!!
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We were at 9,000 feet in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, expecting a good view of the meteor shower. Smoke from forest fires obscured the sky early in the night, but after a dramatic lightning storm/thunder shower came through, the skies cleared. With no light pollution, we were able to see even the tiny streaks from the meteors. From 1 to 2 AM we saw one meteor about every two minutes. It was a great show.

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