Got a calendar? Circle this date: Sunday, August 12th. Next to the circle write "all night" and "Meteors!" Attach the above to your refrigerator in plain view so you won't miss the 2007 Perseid meteor shower.
"It's going to be a great show," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "The Moon is new on August 12th--which means no moonlight, dark skies and plenty of meteors." How many? Cooke estimates one or two Perseids per minute at the shower's peak.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is caused by the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle intersecting Earthâ€™s orbit. For the best view, go somewhere away from city lights. And if you stay up late enough, youâ€™ll get a good view of Mars rising the same night! Link -via J-Walk Blog