July 20, 2019

August 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The July 2011 Full Moon through fog from Astroguyz HQ.
(Photo by Author).
As the Dog Days of Summer draw neigh, August typically brings some of the hottest temps for the denizens of the Northern Hemisphere. This month will see a journey to the largest planet in our solar system leave the pad, a great meteor shower under poor circumstances, and some brightening cometary possibilities. What follows is a look at what’s on our collective astro-radar here at Astroguyz HQ for the coming month;

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Astro-Event: The Perseid Meteor Shower.

This week sees a yearly summer astronomical event that may be termed “The old faithful of meteor showers;” the Perseid meteors. Other showers are often fickle, on and off events, but the Perseids routinely perform with zenithal hourly rates around 60 per hour or about one swift moving meteor per minute. Like the Mars email hoax, the Perseids also have a knack for generating a media frenzy around August, forever disenfranchising hoards of would be astronomers with promises of “the meteor storm of the century!” every year…

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