Be sure not to miss out on the meteor showers this weekend (Sunday night – Monday morning). It is a new moon coinciding with the Perseid shower. Mars will also be visible to the naked eye.
Just in case you are curious:
The Perseids (PURR-see-idz) are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are so called because the point they appear to come from, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. However, they can be seen all across the sky. Because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseids are mostly visible on the northern hemisphere. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between August 8 and 14, peaking about August 12. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches a hundred or more per hour.(from Wikipedia)
Because this shower is visible from any direction, it is best to pick out a darker patch of sky and simply wait for “shooting star”. At its peak, you can expect to see 60 per hour.
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