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Pull Up a Chair: Perseids

It’s that time of the year again, the Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend,

Like most meteor showers, the Perseids produce their best show before dawn, but the constellation Perseus rises after the sun sets in the north-northeast, therefore any time of evening will still give you decent odds of catching some meteors. This shower often produces fireballs and swift-moving meteors and is courtesy of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

I had access to a telescope in my youth, loved looking at the moon (I am a moonchild). I always regretted not taking astronomy class in school, most of what I know about the skies I learned from Jack Horkheimer, Neil deGrasse Tyson and NatGeo – and Bill Egnor’s myFDL posts back in the day.

Are you a skywatcher? Lucky enough to have a telescope? Feel lucky when you see a shooting star? I once saw a shooting star split in two and soon after my life changed dramatically, and not in a bad way (No, I didn’t have a winning 2-2-2-2 lottery ticket).

What magic have you seen in the skies?

Go outside tonight and catch a falling star. Keep Looking Up!

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