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Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2010 Can Be Seen in the Sky Until August 24: – Perseid meteor shower is expected by millions of star gazers tonight. The well known annual meteor shower which are debris and left overs from the comet Swift-Tuttle is expected to be at its peak past midnight of August 12, 2010 and until the predawn hours of the next August 13, 2010. Even though the peak is already finished, you can still watch it since they will still be visible in the sky up to August 24, 2010.
According to NASA, the “shooting star” show will begin when planets alight at sundown. That is four celestial bodies Venus, Saturn, Mars and the Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy as it will be visible through the naked eye.
In addition, NASA said that this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower show is a good year for spectators since the Moon won’t be up during its peak from midnight to dawn. As the night deepens, the constellation Perseus where the Perseids originate rises and the meteor shower rates increase up to 60 meteors or more per hour.
In the US, people gather in several county and national parks just to witness the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight. In St. Louis, residents are advised to go to St. Charles County Parks. In San Diego and Southern Carolina, Joshua Tree National Park, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Mount Pinos, and Anza Borrego Desert State Park are among the parks where people are advised to head into. However, for New York and New Jersey residents, rainy clouds might prevent people from seeing the wonderful Perseid Meteor Shower tonight.
For best results of the Perseid meteor shower show, astronomers advise people to find the best spot where the sky is at its darkest and stay away from city lights. Perhaps this is a good time to have camping together with your family or be with your partner.
The night continues. Have you seen any Perseid Meteor Shower in your area tonight? Let us know by commenting below. It will be best if you can also send us pictures and photos so that other visitors can also witness the actual “shooting stars”.
Meanwhile for those who don’t want to spend the rest of the night just waiting outside of their homes, NASA set up a live video feed of the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight using a camera mounted at its Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. here.