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Stargazing

August 16, 2015

This past week I got up extra early so that I could stargaze (the celestial kind). Since my puppy Stella Bleu likes to get up at dawn rather than sleep in, that was not really a problem.

I did this because last week was the best time to see the Perseid Meteor showers in their full splendor (so named because they appear to radiate from the Perseus Constellation). It peaked last Wednesday with up to 100 shooting stars an hour. I saw a spectacular show (once I figured out where to look). Watching meteor showers in August is a tradition here at The River, but honestly, I didn’t know why there were so many until this year. Apparently, each August the Earth passes through the Comet Swift-Tuttle (who knew?) and hence the show. Meteors are bits of debris from the Comet that burn once they hit the Earth’s atmosphere.

The best time to see them is the hour just before dawn and this year we didn’t have the moon to compete (it being a new moon too). This created a nice dark, moon-free heaven for meteor observers.

I didn’t get any photos of the meteors, so please enjoy my pic of a full moon rising over The River:

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