Not everyone will be able to get to a dark sky or stay up late enough to see
the Perseid Meteor shower tonight, so I have a little warm-up act for you to
In the hour after sunset the planets and moon make a beautiful diversion
and one you don't have to leave home to see. Tomorrow's view is pretty too,
with the moon, so check out the view on both nights.
Here's a little writeup about the planetary view with some fun graphics and
It was fun to run the JPL Solar System Simulator and see the planets in
their orbits. Take it on a spin to see where the Voyagers are right now.
In case you are wondering, I'm heading out to Amboy Crater tonight with a
couple of the other Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers. Amboy Crater is just
south of Mojave National Preserve on US 40. It's the closest "darkest of the
dark spots" on the International Clear Sky Chart.
If you decide to make the long drive (over 200 miles), you are welcome to
join us. We will be trying to preserve our dark adaption as best we can from
11pm until 4am, so be careful with your car lights, flashlights, cell
phones, Ipods, cameras and other bright things. Use them away from the
observers. :-) No telescope required, just a comfy chair and plenty of
water. The forcast low overnight will be in the high 80's. :-(
To follow the Perseids vicariously watch or comment on the JPL Facebook page
and /or watch any of these
Twitter hashtags: #perseids, #IMOmeteors #meteorwatch ;-)
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
What's Up For August? Perseids!