From: Andrew Johnson
Date: 2013-08-11 10:43:33
I think I have realised the reason why the asteroid threat has been “refreshed” in the last week or 2 – we are now just in time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaks around 12/13 August every year. earthsky.org/astrono… Apparently, there may be a good show this year, if you have clear skies where you are! (See spaceweather update below). Someone sent me a link to this 3 minute video – very “rapid fire” astronomy news – including Perseid notes. www.youtube.com/watc… PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: The Perseid meteor shower is intensifying as Earth moves deeper into the debris stream of parent comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. International observers are reporting as many as 30 Perseids per hour from dark sky sites, a rate which could triple on August 12-13 when the shower peaks. Check spaceweather.com for updates and observing tips. GOT CLOUDS? You can listen to the Perseid meteor shower on Space Weather Radio, which is monitoring signals from the USAF Space Surveillance Radar. Every Perseid that flies over the radar makes an audible ping. Hear the echoes at spaceweatherradio.co… SOLAR FLARE ALERTS: Would you like a call when solar flares are underway? X-flare alerts are available from spaceweathertext.com (text) and spaceweatherphone.co… (voice).