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|Perseid meteors will be flying through August 20, but peak time for this year's event will fall on the morning of Friday, August 12 after moonset for US observers. By August 14 the moon becomes obnoxiously bright hiding most Perseid activity. This map is set for about 3 a.m. on the night of maximum, and “X” marks the region of the sky from where the meteors will appear to diverge. Software Bisque graphics by Gary A. Becker...|
|Three bright Perseid meteors can be seen diverging from the radiant on the morning of August 13, 2015. Peak time for the East Coast fell around 2 a.m. The meteor closest to the upper left was a sporadic, not related to the Perseid shower. Composite images by Gary A. Becker from Shooting Star Farm north of Quakertown, PA...|
Footnote: On August 27, I easily split Venus and Jupiter with binoculars nine minutes after sundown, 7:50 p.m., but I was unable to divide the two visually with my unaided eye. The pair was followed to my local tree line, about two degrees above the western horizon and disappeared at 8:23 p.m. still distinctly separated through binoculars.
|Smartphone technology has come a long way. This image of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction of August 27 was taken with a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone, handheld. Image by Gary A. Becker from Coopersburg, PA...|
|The path of totality of the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 is shown on this Google map from NASA’s Eclipse Website. The “GD” on the map stands for the location of the greatest duration of totality, which for this eclipse is 2 minutes 40.3 seconds. The “GE” stands for greatest eclipse, the position on the Earth’s surface where the moon’s shadow points closest to the center of the planet. Here the duration of totality is 0.2 second shorter.|