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The Meteors You've Waited All Year For 31

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes It's finally here! Sure, we witnessed the birth of a new meteor shower earlier this year, but it was a flop. Many other showers have come-and-gone like they do every year, but none of them have given us a significant number of meteors-per-hour. But even with a near-full Moon out, it's finally time for the Perseids, the most reliable meteor shower year-after-year. Here's where to find them, where they come from and a whole lot more, including some surprising facts about where they don't come from: cometary tails!
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The Meteors You've Waited All Year For

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  • Perseids are great, but, as with all meteor showers, only looks good without a moon.

  • Don't you guys think that this "starswithabang" thing is getting too dominant in /. article listing ?

  • by EvilSS ( 557649 ) on Friday August 08, 2014 @11:50PM (#47635695)
    I wondered why it was suddenly completely overcast where I live! Seriously, it's like mother nature hates me seeing meteor showers. Every time....
    • I wondered why it was suddenly completely overcast where I live!

      They will not peak until Aug 12-13th, so the weather may clear by then. The meteor shower should continue until about Aug 24th.

      • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

        Around where I live, this will be the first summer in 10-15 years where it hasn't been overcast, raining, or foggy. Gotta love the unpredictable weather of the great lakes. It's pretty much the same thing with seeing aurora's, people down as far south as Atlanta will see it, but everyone in the great lakes area you can bet will have overcast skies with a chance of thunderstorms, snow, or it simply being overcast.

      • by EvilSS ( 557649 )
        So I should expect overcast conditions for most of August then is what you are telling me?
    • Night and morning low clouds and fog.... That's the coastal forecast here for much of the time. I have a small 'scope and giant binoc's so sometimes I'll drive 40 miles to a large parking area along a mountain road to view the sky.
  • you insensitive clod.

    It's predicted to be cloudy and rainy for the next 7 days. I guess I know why now.

  • Let's nuke a timely comet to get an 1833-style show.

  • The Meteors You've Waited All Year For

    I haven't waited all year for them. I'm really not sure who you're talking to.

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