Monday, August 13, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower - More Summer Bucket List!

Photo used with permission from
I'm so excited because I can cross one more thing off the Kids Summer Bucket List - viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower!  Last year we missed this one because the kids school started early, but this year you could find us laying on the driveway (I know, we are dorky like that!)  looking up at the stars oh'ing and ah'ing at the meteors as we saw them flash by. 

We went out on Saturday night and saw a good handful each and were looking at different parts of the sky.  The meteor shower will be visible through the 22nd, but is tapering out (but there should still be as many as 40 an hour for the next few nights).  You certainly don't need a telescope, it would actually make it more difficult because the meteors are all over the parts of the sky and are harder to catch when looking at a small area.

My recommendations?  Grab a blanket, lay on the ground after about 11 pm and look up at the sky, you should see some within a few minutes of looking.  (Note that if you are in an area where there is high light pollution, you might have to head to where you can see stars).

I unfortunately don't have a nice enough camera (or the patience) to catch the light show in the sky and a special thanks to Michelle from Life With Dylan for sharing this great photo from the blue moon last week!


Ericka @Nibbles and Feasts August 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM  

This is such a wonderful way to spend time with your family! It's inexpensive and educational. Thank you!

Jennifer August 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM  

I'm so glad you got to experience this! I completely forgot about it until I saw some photos and videos after the fact.

presley's Pantry August 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM  

I too am a dorky star-gazer. My little guy might be a little young for this kind of activity but my man and me are not!

Desiree Eaglin August 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

I would LOVE to see something like this! I just can never seem to get organized enough.

Unknown August 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM  

THANK YOU for posting this! It's nearly 11 right now. I'll head out in a few and see if I can catch it.

Admin August 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

This is so cool. Bummed we missed it. :(

Eva Smith August 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

I've tried to watch Meteor showers in the past and no luck. Maybe we just have too much light in SoCal to see one. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure.

Caryn B. August 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM  

Wow that sounds very cool. I had no idea...I don't think we've ever seen a Meteor shower....

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