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August 11, 2013

Summer sees the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower in our skies.  If you were unaware, it all started with the comet Swift-Tuttle that zooms through our solar system and leaves a messy debris field behind it that creates an amazing light show as the bits hit our atmosphere and burn up.  Some years are more dramatic, and although it lasts several nights, some nights are more prolific than others. 

  To observe the falling star spectacular, experts recommend you get away from city lights, I recommend mosquito repellant and a nice blanket or reclining chair.  It is also important to have clear skies. 

  The CBC Newsworld map gave an unsatisfactory forecast for star watching across our nation.  The only clear cities they identified tonight, the best meteor night, are Yellowknife, Halifax and Regina.  If you are in one of those cities, prepare to wake up between 3-5 am Pacific time make your wish upon a star over and over again.  Lucky you!  If you are under the cloudy skies across the rest of the country, pray for a break in the clouds or visit NASA for a live webcast of the shower.

From the Nasa website, “Tonight is the peak of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, with predicted rates of up to 100 per hour. Perseids may be seen any time after dark, but rates increase throughout the night, peaking between 3-5 a.m.  (PDT) on the morning
of Monday, Aug. 12.”



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