Fwd: Mars and the Perseid Meteor Shower

tink tinkerbell.sarah at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 21:16:53 EDT 2005


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From: SpaceWeather. com <swlist at spaceweather.com>
Date: Aug 11, 2005 10:44 AM
Subject: Mars and the Perseid Meteor Shower
To: "SpaceWeather. com" <swlist at spaceweather.com>


Space Weather News for August 11, 2005
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The Perseid meteor shower is underway.  The shower's broad peak
extends from August 11th through 13th, with August 12th being best. 
If you get away from bright city lights and watch the sky between
local midnight and dawn on Friday morning, August 12th, you can expect
to see dozens to hundreds of meteors.

The planet Mars is out during the Perseid meteor shower, too.  It's
that bright red "star" high in the eastern sky before dawn.  Many
Perseid meteors will appear to fly past Mars on Friday morning--a
pretty sight.

And speaking of Mars, beware the Mars Hoax.  A rumor about the red
planet continues to spread via email.  The message claims that Mars
will come so close to Earth on August 27th that it looks as big as the
full Moon.  In fact, Mars is approaching Earth for a close encounter
in October--not August.  October's close approach will indeed be
beautiful, but Mars will never rival the Moon.

Get the full story, plus sky maps, pictures of Perseids, and solar
activity updates at Spaceweather.com.

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