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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

By: redagainPatti, 7:58 PM GMT on August 11, 2012

THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER IS UNDERWAY:
Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Worldwide observers are now reporting more than 30 Perseids per hour, a number that could triple during the weekend when Earth reaches the heart of the debris zone. Forecasters recommend looking during the dark hours before dawn, especially Sunday morning, August 12th, when activity is expected to be highest.

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While this is a great weekend for watching meteors--but that's not all. Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon are lining up in the pre-dawn sky right in the middle of the Perseid display. The conjunction of planets guarantees that you will see something beautiful even in the unlikely event that the shower fizzles. ...

As for me... My son-in-law is taking me along with the rest of the family out in a boat to the middle of the biggest body of water down in the Jackson area to watch the sky tonight!!

Heads UP folks!!



UPDATE from the night of August 11th -
My kids took me out on the boat to the Ross Barnett Reservoir known as "The Rez" to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. It was the best we could do in order to get away from the lights of the Jackson area.

We went out a little after 9:30 and came back in around 12:30. Most of what we saw were just small scratches on the sky. We saw three big and long ones and one.. only one, left a long trail in the sky afterwards.

The son-in-law, Danny saw it first and called our attention to it almost directly overhead. He said if he held his hand out, the star was about the size of the nail on his thumb. What I know for sure is the trail lasted for almost a minute as it slowly faded away.

As we were leaving the area, I spied another marking the sky with a trail as long as a hand span wide. At least as long as MY hand span and with it held at the end of my arm's reach.

I have seen more of the shooting stars on other years but at least we did see a few. I would had love to just stay out all night and even sleep there but Danny said no because we had to have a light on if we did that so other boats would not run into us.

We did have one other boat come by us and as soon as we heard the sound of their motor, the bright white light was turned back on at the back of the boat. This light was kept on at all times when we were traveling over the waters. ... some rule of the water ways, it seems.

I rather there had been bright lights at the head of the boat so I could had looked out over the dark waters. It was a little scary at first not being able to see details in the waters ahead of us but then.. this was a large open body of water, about 33,000-acres in size and we were out in the middle of it. I was glad I was not driving the boat. I just laid back and fixed my eyes on the sky about and waited for shooting stars.

We will see if we try this again on Sunday night.. will let you all know..

Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on August 12, 2012

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The nick, redagain is short for the words - "Redwoods again". It stands for a goal to sleep again in a tent under the Redwood Trees in northern Ca.