The PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER IS ONE OF THE BEST ANNUAL METEOR SHOWERS AND IT PEAKS EVERY YEAR IN MID AUGUST.. It HAPPENS AS THE EARTH PASSES THROUGH THE TAIL OF THE COMET SWIFT TUTTLE THATS ABOUT ALL. I KNOW SO IM HERE TO GIVE US THE SCOOP ON EXACTLY WHY THAT CAUSES A METEOR SHOWER IS CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER ADJUNCT ASTRONOMER GERALD MCKEEGAN GERALD ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. Ive ALREADY TOLD YOU THIS, BUT THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS EITHER RIGHT BEFORE OR RIGHT. After MY BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR, ITS THE NIGHT OF WHICH IS REALLY FUN. THATS, WHEN WE CAN SEE IT, THE TALK TO ME JUST A LITTLE BIT WHY THIS HAPPENS. SO ORANGE CELESTIAL FIREWORKS FOR YOUR BIRTHDAYS OR YES, I PUT IN I PUT IN AN ORDER STRAIGHT TO The UNIVERSE., SO SO THIS IS AN ANNUAL METEOR SHOWER FACT, JUST ONE OF THE BEST METEOR SHOWERS, SO THAT WE HAVE EVERY YEAR. AND, AS YOU MENTION IS CAUSED BY THE SWIFT TUTTLE. So IF TUNNEL ORBITS AROUND THE SUN EVERY 134 YEARS, AGO. AND IT LEAVES BEHIND A STREAM OF COMMENTS – ARE MOSTLY ICE, BUT THEYVE GOT A LOT DIRT. Rock AND PEBBLES, AND THINGS LIKE THAT CAN BETTER WAS IN THE ICE IN, AS THE COMIC GETS CLOSE TO SUN.. That ICE, EVAPORATION WAY AND REALLY SAYS ALL THOSE PARTICLES STAY IN ORBIT AROUND THE SUN AND A STREAM OF PARTICLES.. The COMETS ORBIT PASSES VERY CLOSE TO THE AIR SUPPORT IT AND EVERY YEAR, AROUND EARLY TO MID AUGUST, THE PASSES THROUGH THAT STREAM OF PARTICLES LEFT BEHIND BY THE COMET, AND WE SEE THAT AS A METEOR SHOWER.

ARE SOME YEARS BETTER THAN OTHERS. In TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO SEE. HUH, THE HISTORY PARTICLES IS NOT ACROSS THE WERE, THERE ARE SORT OF CLUMPS PARTICLES. So SOME YEARS WE SEE MORE OF SOME YEARS. We SEE LESS FOR THIS METEOR SHOWER. WEVE GOT A COUPLE TEAMS WORKING FOR US.. The MAIN THING IS ITS GOING TO BE: WE DONT MOUND THAT WEDNESDAY NIGHT THURSDAY MORNING, WE DONT HAVE A LOAN TO INTERFERE WITH WITH, SAY A METEOR SHOWER, SO WE HAVE NICE DARK SKIES THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO SEE A LOT OF METEORS. You CAN EVEN – AND THEY YOU KNOW, SEMI, DARK SKIES, SEARCH, SEMI, DARK AREAS.. You CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOMEWHERE AROUND 50 OR 60 METEORS PER. If YOU GET FAR AWAY FROM THE CITY LIGHTS OUT IN THE COUNTRY SOMEWHERE, YOU MIGHT SEE AS MANY AS A 100 PER HOUR.. So THERE ARE A LOT OF OUT THERE JUST AS A MATTER OF FINDING A NICE DARK SKY LOCATION THAT TO SEE THEM.. Just LOOK STRAIGHT UP: WHERE SHOULD WE BE LOOKING.? The METEORS WILL APPEAR TO COME OUT OF THE. If YOU FOLLOW THE STREAK OF THE MEDIA HERE ACROSS THE SKY, THEY ALL SEEM TO POINT BACK TOWARDS THE CONSTELLATION PERSEUS. Hence THE NAME. The PERSEID METEOR SHOWER. ACTUALLY HAPPENING IS HERE, SAYS ORBITING AROUND THE SUN AT ABOUT 18 MILES PER SECOND. AND WERE PLOWING THROUGH THAT STREAM OF PARTICLES LEFT BEHIND BY THE COMET, AND THAT MAKES IT APPEAR THAT THE COMET, THE COMING TOWARD US FROM THAT DIRECTION.

. But YOU DONT WANT TO LOOK JUST TO THE EASTERN SKY., BUT YOU WANT TO DO IS GET OUT LAY OUT ON THE GRASS SOMEWHERE ON A LAWN CHAIR OR SOMETHING SO THAT YOU CAN SEE AS MUCH OF THE WHOLE SKY AS POSSIBLE. MEDIA ACROSS LARGE PARTS OF The SKY, AND SO YOU DONT, WANT TO BE LOOKING WITH BINOCULARS OR A TELESCOPE. You WANT TO LOOK WITH YOUR NAKED EYE AGAIN USC AS MUCH TO THE SKIES. YOU CANT. AND EVERY MINUTE, OR SO YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE A METEOR FLYING BY.. Well, I KNOW THAT YOU ALL ARE HOSTING A VIEWING AT THE CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER. I LOOKED UP ONLINE TODAY. It LOOKS LIKE ITS ALREADY SOLD OUT AS LONG AS YOU KNOW KNOW HAZY. Skies LIKE WHAT WEVE BEEN DEALING WITH THE LAST COUPLE OF NIGHTS.. You SAID NO BINOCULARS, BUT AROUND WHAT TIME EXACTLY SHOULD WE START TO SEE THESE WILL PROBABLY STAY UP A LITTLE LATE TO. YOU HAVE TO STAMP LATE GUEST.. So THE BEST TIME TO VIEW THE METEOR SHOWERS GOING TO BE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AUGUST 11TH, STARTING AT AROUND 11 OCLOCK AT NIGHT. AND CONTINUING INTO ABOUT 3 OR 4 OCLOCK IN THE MORNING ON THE 12TH. So THATS GOING TO BE AN. But IF YOURE PATIENT AND LIKE YOU SAY YOU THROW BLANKET OUT ON THE LAWN OR OR GET ON A LAWN CHAIR, JUST LOOK AT THE WHOLE SKY AND ENJOY YOURSELF., AND YOU SHOULD SEE QUITE A FEW OF THEM.

AGAIN THEYRE COMING OUT OF THE EAST. But THEY CAN APPEAR IN ANY PART OF THE SKY OKAY., SO REALLY JUST KIND OF KEEP YOUR EYES ANY OTHER. You KNOW, ADVICE THAT YOU CAN GIVE US A AMATEUR STARGAZERS., BRING A WARM COAT HAHA. AND A WARM DRINK, HOT IDEA, SOMETHING LIKE AND JUST LAY BACK AND ENJOY THE SHOW. I LOVE IT. I GERALD ALWAYS A FISH AND YOU CAN BE SURE TO SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPENING AS THEYRE HAPPENING., ITS JUST GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON THIS MORNING. JERROLD, THANKS FOR ALL THE TIPS.

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