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Seeing Stars

We’re blessed up here in the mountains: Lack of lights and city atmosphere (how’s that for a euphemism for “smog”?) give us prime stargazing opportunities most nights of the year. But, no matter where you live, this week is shaping up to be a great time to check out the nighttime sky. Here’s what’s going on (Thanks to Space.com and REI.com for the information):

  • Perseid Meteor Shower: This shower’s been going on since July 17, but really became active (and therefore visible) this week. Because of the “growing” moon, it’s getting harder to see. Try to get out tonight, August 12, to glimpse it! In Southern California, the best viewing should actually be right before dawn – between about 4AM and 4:30AM – tomorrow, August 13.
  • Solar Flare: On August 9, the largest solar flare in more than 4 years, occurred. There’s a chance that some of the aftermath of this could hit the Earth’s atmosphere, which would give us a Northern Lights display. (The Northern and Southern Lights appear when charged particles interact with the Earth’s magnetic field.)

Have you spotted any cool sky activity? Share it with us in the comments.

More about solar flares (From Space.com)
2011 meteor shower dates & viewing tips (From StarDate.com)

From actioninthesky.wordpress.com

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