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Tonight one of the most remarkable celestial events of the year is most noticeable.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is always the best show in town, and this
year it spans from July 23 to August 22, with its peak on August

There will also be an extraordinary planetary
alignment that can easily be seen just after sunset on Aug. 12,
when Mars, Venus, and Saturn rise in triple conjunction with the
crescent moon. All four will be positioned within a tight circle
of about 10 degrees in diameter. You can see a star map of this at:

In the USA, the Perseid shower peak begins around midnight on
August 12 and continues until sunrise on August 13. This year the
moon will set early, so there should be an especially spectacular

It’s predominately visible in the northern hemisphere, and can be
seen all across the sky. Just look toward the northeast after
midnight. You can expect to see up to 60 meteors an hour if
viewed from a clear, dark, rural location away from city
lights, 30-40 an hour if skies are hazy, and about 20 an hour in
urban, lit areas.


Walk in Beauty…Peace…

Stephanie Golden-Falcon

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