Grab this free meteor e-book in time for the Perseids

Front page of the new Sky and Telescope e-book titled “Shooting Stars: The history, art and science of meteor-watching. Copyright: Sky and Telescope

Sky and Telescope magazine has published a handy e-book on meteors you can download HERE for free. The 8-page, well-illustrated guide has lots of interesting historical background on the upcoming Perseid meteor shower plus sections on meteor terminology, estimating sky darkness and prospects for this year’s shower.

Take a read and consider contributing your own naked eye meteor observations to the International Meteor Organization. More information how to do it HERE.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

11 thoughts on “Grab this free meteor e-book in time for the Perseids

  1. Hi Bob
    What do you think about the story that the asteroid that exploded over Russia may have sibling asteroid’s that could pose a threat to earth, but it is only circumstantial, it goes onto saying that asteroid 2011 EO40 could be the parent and there could be more that has broken off and that’s what could pose a threat to earth, it says researchers have traced it to the Apollo asteroid family but I don’t think that’s been confirmed.
    I haven’t made a comment in a while but I still read your blog all the time :-) Thanks Bob

    • Hi Lynn,
      Yes, 2011 EO40 belongs to a small cluster of related asteroids. It may be possible that another fragment could enter encounter Earth someday. I haven’t heard or read of any danger, etc.

  2. Same here, I have not heard of any danger etc, but if you hear of anything I hope you will let us know, and thanks Bob :-)

  3. Hi, I was just looking for information on meteors because as we were driving home we saw one that lasted a long time and then when we got home we looked up and saw like 4 in a real short time. What is going on that there are so many or are there always that many and we just don’t notice?

    • Laurie,
      It’s a busy time of year for meteor showers in addition to the usual random ones. The Delta Aquarid, Capricornid, Iota Aquarid and Perseid showers are all active.

  4. This past weekend on NPR’s TED Talk Radio Hour, the episode was Peering into Space. (I think it was a rebroadcast.) It featured a conversation with Phil Plait and parts of his TED talk on how to defend the Earth from asteroids & Plait’s latest updates on the asteroid, Apophis. It was very interesting. You can probably download that episode & listen. I think Plait’s TED talk can be found on YouTube.

  5. Hi Bob :) here’s the link to the C. de la Fuente Marcos & R. de la Fuente Marcos paper from Cornell about potential companions of the Chelyabinsk bolide: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7918 Scientific American & Nature picked it up.
    Also, a small “oopsie”: the last link in the today’s entry about more info on meteor observing doesn’t work.
    hope you have a great “new Moon” observing this week; heard your monicker more than once over the week-end at the Mt.Kobau star party ( http://www.mksp.ca ) and pretty sure I will again before the party concludes on the morning of the 11th. :D

    • Hi BC,
      Thanks for the link and the note about the bad link. That link was very odd – I couldn’t get the astrobob part of it deleted. Just wouldn’t go until I added an http and www. Odd. Now it works. Thanks!

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