August 12, 2012

Perseids Meteor Shower 08/11/2012

Last night, a few friends and I drove just outside of the city to watch the Perseid meteor showers.  It was a stunning sight.  We drove East on I-60 about 15 miles away from Mesa in the Superstition Mountains and found a road that led into Tanto National Forest.  We parked, pulled out our lawn chairs and movie candy and sat a spell watching the astral show.  We counted 70 meteors last night between 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.  For the first time in my life, I saw the Milky Way.  I am smitten for the Milky Way.  It is quite beautiful.

If you are reading this today, Sunday, August 12, it is not too late to see this shower with your own eyes.  In fact, tonight is supposed to be the best night to view.  Here is the run down:

  • The best time for seeing the Perseid meteor shower is between midnight and pre-dawn when the sky is the darkest.
  • Look towards the Eastern sky.
  • The entire globe should be able to see the show, because the Earth is passing through a cloud of dust and debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle and does so around the same time every year.
  • Get far away from city lights for the best view.
For more details, visit NASA and watch this video.

Here are a few shots from last night:

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