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2012-08-11 09:00:32

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every year in August, the Perseid Meteor shower is visible to the naked eye and is a favorite for professional and amateur astronomers alike. The Perseid shower has it all. It offers a consistently high rate of meteors, it produces more bright, visible meteors than any other shower, it happens in August when many people are on vacation, and it happens at a time when...

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2011-08-15 09:45:00

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a sky watching ritual with star gazers and photographers out in abundance every year for the light show. There have been uncountable photographs of this event over the years, but a fresh take on this is now available. NASA astronaut Ron Garan found himself in a unique position for this annual show, above the meteor and looking down from the International Space Station (ISS) as the space rocks turned to flame and fell through the atmosphere. Garan makes...

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2011-08-09 13:11:10

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking around August 12 through the 13th, but this year it will have to pierce through the sky against a full Moon. The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years and is associated with the comet Switf-Tuttle. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. The rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour during the peak hours, and they...

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2009-08-10 15:30:00

Splat! There goes another bug on the windshield.Anyone who's ever driven down a country lane has seen it happen. A fast moving car, a cloud of multiplying insects, and a big disgusting mess.The next time that happens to you, instead of grossing out, try thinking of the experience as an astronomy lesson. Your car is Earth. The bugs are tiny flakes of comet dust. The carnage on your windshield ... it's a meteor shower!Earth, like a speeding car, races around the Sun sweeping up everything in...

2008-07-26 18:00:15

Born today... ACTOR James Best, 81, drag queen Danny La Rue, 81, singer Mick Jagger, 65, actress Helen Mirren, 63, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, 59, actress Susan George, 58, actor Kevin Spacey, 49, actress Sandra Bullock, 44, actress Kate Beckinsale, 35. To add your birthday, contact Julie Jenkins, South Wales Echo, Thomson House, Havelock St, Cardiff CF10 1XR or e-mail julie.jenkins@mediawales.co.uk giving no more than one month's notice. Today in 1908: The Federal Bureau of...

2006-06-16 02:49:50

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday an investigation had started into the deaths last month of three men in the custody of U.S.-led forces in Iraq.


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Perseids Meteor Shower -- Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by comet debris. As comets enter the inner solar system, they are warmed by the sun and peppered by the solar wind, which produces the familar tails that stretch across the night sky when a bright comet is close to Earth. Comet tails are made of tiny pieces of ice, dust, and rock which are spewed into interplanetary space as they bubble off the comet's nucleus. When Earth encounters these particles on its...

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