Perseid meteor shower of 2011 is here! Now, I have to admit I am not the usual start gazer but, we recently took a trip to Yosemite National Park and had an evening under the stars with a Yosemite guide. It was amazing and now, I find myself more interested in the night sky. Every year at this time, the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet named Swift-Tuttle, and a meteor shower happens. So what can you expect to see? Just after midnight, as long as it is not cloudy outside, there will be shooting stars moving across the night sky. “The best time to look is during the hours before dawn especially on Saturday morning, August 13th,” writes Tony Phillips, an astronomer who manages the Science News page at NASA‘s website. Another tip that I read is make sure not to look at the moon as you want your eyes to be useto darkness to be able to see the shooting stars. We are going to stay up to try to see it – if we can manage to get some pictures we will post them.
After this the next Meteor Shower will not be till October 21, 22 the Orionids Meteor Shower.