August 11: look up
Jim Holman (HOLMAN_JIM/OMGATE_OA@GATE.US.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Mon, 2 Aug 1993 09:58:42 -0400
This year August 11 is the date for the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Due to the passage of the Swift-Tuttle comet earlier, this is expected
by astronomers to be the "best" performance, in terms of number of
meteors visible, in years -- some are calling it a 'once in a lifetime'
show. In fact, a proposed launch of the space shuttle has been
postponed to avoid the chance of meteor collisions! (not that they
NEED a reason to postpone the shuttle 8-)).
I'm taking our troop out to a nice nearby dark camp to bone up on
constellations and see just how many meteorites there will be.
Unfortunately, it's in the middle of the week, but we'll just make
a one-nighter out of it and I'll get to work a little late the
Even if you are not camping, encourage the kids to go out as far
away from lights as possible and look up towards the constellation
Perseus (directly below Cassiopea & Andromeda) == Northish. We've
had a family tradition of trying to catch the display and are lookiing
forward to a big one this year. The correct response to a nice
meteorite is ooooooooooooooooooooooh, although aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,
or "Wow! did you see that one?" are also acceptable.
Jim Holman (still writing my ticket)
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