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Perseid Meteor Shower 2018
August 12-13

It's that time of the year again when the Earth is about to fly through the dusty trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle which results in the Perseid meteor shower. This year we are lucky that it happens during a new moon - so we don't have moonlight blasting the sky and washing out the dim meteors.
There are already a few of them visible, but they will peak the night of the 12-13th as the Earth travels through the debris from the comet. Best time to see them is about 11pm until before dawn. Look toward the constellation of Perseus in the eastern sky, that is the area of the sky they would radiate from. Predictions are saying they may be about 1 per minute, and possibly a big fireball now and then!
A lawn chair, a cozy sleeping bag, maybe a bit of bug spray and just hang out and watch them. The only obstacle that could hinder this show is the now familiar smoke-filled skies which could haze the view. Best areas as always to see these are dark skies - head east toward the Cascades away from the Seattle light pollution.

An internet search will find many sites. Here is a good one to get you started at least with a lot of information: Perseid Meteor Shower

Seattle Astronomy Blog:
Greg Scheiderer writes a very informative blog site about local Astronomy events and happenings in the Seattle area. He is also an EAS member. He can almost always be found at the Museum of Flight events and lectures taking notes and asking questions. So be sure to add his blog to your Astronomy reading list. Like most blog sites, you can even set up an RSS feed to keep up on the latest entries.

He also has started a calender on the site, and he'll have a lot of good info about just about everything astronomy related on that. All local clubs, museums, and star parties.

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Don't forget our blog site! Remember, EAS does have a blog site with a lot of the latest space, astronomy, some aviation, and whatever else looks good to share. President Tom Gwilym writes the blog and usually has a new entry or two every week, depending on what is going on that looks interesting. The blog is very easy to update, so there is more new goodies to read there than on the main EAS site (this one you are looking at) so make sure to check that out now and then or you can even set up an RSS feed when something new is posted.
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