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August 10, 2013

Perseids Tonight

perseidsTonight and tomorrow night, watch the great Perseids meteor shower. And this year it isn't raining!

If you can get out of town to someplace less light-polluted, do so. Best watch time is after midnight, give your eyes a long time to adjust to the darkness, sit back and look toward the northeast, toward Perseus (though actually, the meteors come from the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet).

Can't remember who Perseus was and what he did? Please visit our Audiobookcloud and listen to Padraic Colum's The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles. Shield your video display and listen in the dark while your eyes adjust.

(You can also look up Perseus in The Oxford Classical Dictionary. Look for the library card login.)

NASA will have a live webcast and chat tonight, for those with too much light pollution. Or too many mosquitoes.

Update: Sorry, it was cloudy during the early AM of the 11th. According to the NSW, the best chance of some clearing will come at around 5 AM, just before dawn, on the 12th.

Posted by library at August 10, 2013 08:05 PM