The Perseid meteor shower is one of the biggest showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour), and it occurs every year around this time, allowing happy watchers to get an eye full. Perseids are also known for their fireballs—yup, fireballs. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an everyday meteor. For all you serious meteor hunters, I’m sorry for making light of this serious event.
Anyways, if you want to get your shower on just look up this week. August 11-13 are supposed to be the peak. It’s supposed to be clear on Thursday, and the meteors will be raining down. Hoping the full moon won’t kill too much of the show.
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You don’t need a telescope or fancy equipment, just a cover to spread out on the lawn or a comfy lawn chair. Get yourself a cool drink, turn your phone off and live in real-time for a while. Give yourself a chance to think about the universe and how small you really are in the scheme of things. Try it; it’s refreshing and healthy—I double dog dare you.
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