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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

August 11, 2020

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks every year near August 12th, as the Earth passes through the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, with thousands of tiny pieces of dust and rock that burn up in our atmosphere 40 to 70 miles above us. The waning Last Quarter Moon rises just before midnight, diminishing the fainter meteors late at night.

  • August 12:

    Near 1 o'clock tomorrow morning, night owls will see a waning Crescent Moon joined by the red star Aldebaran, the "eye" of Taurus, the Bull. They climb quite high into the southeast by 5 o'clock tomorrow morning, as early risers watch the brilliant Venus due east, and winter's Orion climbing into the southeast.

  • August 13:

    The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaked Tuesday night, but still offers some enticing viewing. The peak number of 75 “shooting stars” per hour will likely diminish to between 10 and 20 tonight. Even so, the Perseids contain larger fragments creating a few brighter "fireball" meteors.