Thursday, August 12, 2010

2010 Perseid Peak & Planet Alignment

Perseids and Planets peak tonight beginning at sundown when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the Crescent Moon in the western twilight are aligned in conjunction. All four heavenly bodies will fit in a circle about 10 degrees diameter in the dusky colors of sunset. These planets will hang together in the western sky until 10 pm. When they leave, you should stay, because that is when the Perseid meteor shower begins. From 10 pm until dawn, meteors will fly across the starry sky displaying even more exciting night light than the planetary get-together. These meteors are called Perseids because they fly out of the constellation Perseus, from a point called Radiant. Every August the perseids put on a spectacular light show! Make a wish on a falling star...

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