Monthly Archives: August 2010

When to look? In what direction?

Lots of questions coming in, so I thought I would deal with them here. I live in xxx… Can I see Perseids? Check out the map below. Unless you live in the red shaded area, you will be able to … Continue reading

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Will the Perseid shower be visible from {insert your location}?

I am asked this question over and over again, and it’s a good one. Everyone knows that you have to be in the right place to observe solar eclipses and other astronomical goings-on, so why should meteor showers be any … Continue reading

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How low can they go?

Real-life meteor showers are not like what you see in movies – there are no flaming rocks barreling out of the sky blasting holes in buildings, or sending cars hurling many yards through the air. Most meteor showers are caused … Continue reading

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Mysterious flashers in the night…

Even though NASA’s all-sky cameras are designed to detect meteors, nothing is perfect. Planes, lightning, clouds passing in front of the Moon, and bugs crawling on the plastic dome in twilight can trigger a detection, bringing either laughter or scowls … Continue reading

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