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Perseids Put On A Thrilling Show … And They’re Not Done Yet

I’m hoping you all had a chance to spy some Perseids this week. If weather was a problem, take heart. The shower will continue, although with reduced numbers, over the next several nights. Thunderstorms visited my neck of the woods for last night’s peak activity, but the sky cleared just in time this morning (3:30 a.m.)…
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The Fabulous Perseids Peak This Week

Are you ready for the year’s most relaxing meteor shower? Me too. The annual Perseid shower peaks Wednesday night – Thursday morning (August 12-13) when up to 50-100 meteors will flash by per hour. No telescope needed, not even a pair of binoculars. Meteor showers are for everyone no matter your skill level. The only requirements are…
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Spectacular Fireball Over Pittsburgh / Juvenile Moon Alert

Pittsburgh fireball February 17 A fireball meteor at least as bright as the full moon flared over the Pittsburgh region around 4:50 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday morning. The object, detected by three NASA meteor cameras, was moving at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour. Based on its brightness, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office estimated the object at 2…
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Stargazing On Christmas Night

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday! I hope you’re enjoying time with family and friends and a clear night is in the forecast. Should you poke your head out tonight, here’s what’s up. At nightfall, a pretty crescent moon ornaments the dim constellation of Capricornus not far from Mars. Barely half a degree to the…
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Camelopardalid Meteor Show More A Trickle Than A Storm

I could have stayed up all night. Wait a minute, I did. On the way home after hours of meteor watching I stopped the car on the empty road and got out to admire the crescent moon. It was 3:30 and already dawn brightened the northeast sky. From e-mails, online reports and my own 3-hour…
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