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NASA to Stream the Perseid Meteor Shower Live Monday Morning 3am to 5am Eastern Time ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

August 11, 2013

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Everyoneโ€™s favorite meteor shower, the Perseids, are expected to hit their dazzling peak over North America within the next two or three days. And even if you’re surrounded by city lights, you’ll have a front row seat. Tonight, NASA is streaming its first Perseid webcast, replete with cosmic debris, sky fireballs, and meteor experts. Peak visibility is best between 3am to 5am early Monday Morning, August 12, 2013

NASA to Stream the Perseid Meteor Shower Live Sunday Night 9pm until 3am. It will not appear again for 131 Years…

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Link direct to NASA’s Site: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž You can join the forum chat at 11 p.m. EDT by visiting here: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/perseids_2013a.html

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Another way in which to watch this Perseids Meteor Shower event, is to download the Free App from Apple’s App Store, here is the direct link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/slooh/id563694022?uo=5

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž The Link Below is a live broadcast of the skies over Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Perseid meteor shower has started, peaking on the night of Aug. 11-12. The live feed from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is a great alternative for stargazers caught with Bad Weather, Cloudy Skies, or bright-light-polluted night skies. The Video Camera activates at full dusk (approximately at 9 p.m. EDT). Before 9pm, during the day, you will either see a dark gray box or pre-recorded footage.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/perseids_2013a.html#.UgazvWT70sI

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Beginning at 11pm Eastern Time and ending at 3am (astronomers go hard), NASA will broadcast footage of the Perseids from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama’s Slooh Space Camera, a robotic camera that can be accessed from the web.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž According to the Agency, we can expect to see as many as 100 meteors per hour at the peak of the shower, including โ€œmany fireballs visible in the night sky (!!!).โ€

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž As an added bonus during tonightโ€™s webcast, NASAโ€™s resident meteor experts, Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser, and Rhiannon Blaauw, will be on hand to chat and answer questions about the shower, which has been observed for over 2,000 years.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž The Perseids are actually the cosmic pollution created by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which made its last path by Earth in 1992. Since the Swift-Tuttle Comet only appears every 130 years, weโ€™ll all be in heaven before it returns, However, that doesnโ€™t mean we canโ€™t celebrate the debris that it left behind. Tune in to the Links above beginning at about 9pm.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž How to See Perseid Meteors. For optimal viewing, find an open sky because Perseid meteors come across the sky from all directions. Lie on the ground and look straight up into the dark sky. Again, it is important to be far away from artificial lights. Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž About the Perseids. The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet’s debris. These bits of ice and dust โ€“ most over 1,000 years old โ€“ burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž The Perseids can be seen all over the sky, but the best viewing opportunities will be across the northern hemisphere. Those with sharp eyes will see that the meteors radiate from the direction of the constellation Perseus.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Do You Have Photos of Perseid Meteors? If you have some stellar images of the Perseid meteor shower, please consider adding them to the Perseid Meteors group in Flickr. Who knows – your images may attract interest from the media and receive international exposure.


๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Perseus (Greek: ฮ ฮตฯฯƒฮตฯฯ‚), the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty of Danaans, was the first of the heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus was a demi-god, the Greek hero who killed the Gorgon Medusa, and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster sent by Poseidon. Cassiopeia declaring that her daughter, Andromeda, was more beautiful than the Nereids is what initially resulted in Andromeda being plagued by Poseidon’s sea monster.


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