Meteoric Weekend Ahead

The brilliant stars seen in this image are members of the popular open star cluster known as the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. The Hubble Space Telescope's Fine Guidance Sensors refined the distance to the Pleiades at about 440 light-years. The Fine Guidance Sensors are at the periphery of Hubble's field-of-view. They trace a circumference that is approximately the angular size of the Moon on the sky. They are overlaid on this image to give a scale to Hubble's very narrow view on the heavens.

August 11-13 is the date for the annual Perseid meteor shower, and this year the space-pros are promising a good one!  The Moon is just a wee crescent and wont be providing a lot of light to distract from the spectacle of 60-70 shooting stars per hour.  Now there is a chance for some much needed rain in our area, but if skies clear between midnight and sunrise, we’ll have a chance to get a good look at them.  Peak is just before midnight Sunday through sunrise Monday, so early risers might spot a few if the weather cooperates.   If you’re up and out enjoy the show!  It’s always good to keep looking up, Perseids or not.

 

 

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