Perseid Meteor Shower 2010

posted Aug 13, 2010, 9:20 AM by James Roe   [ updated Aug 13, 2010, 9:28 AM ]
The Perseid Meteor shower happens every year in mid-August and this year we had two favorable conditions - no Moon in the sky and (relatively) clear skies!  With co-sponsorship by the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department, ASEM operated telescopes and helped with the overall event.  The Parks personnel estimated some 200 members of the public attended.  I opened the 10-in observatory about 8:00 pm before it was fully dark, located Venus and Saturn in the LX-200 and folks started streaming in.  I didn't step outside until 11:30 pm or so  I showed Venus and Saturn, then turned to deep sky objects when it got darker.  I showed M13, M57, M27, M22, M11, M8, M51 (faint but detectable), Mizar and Albireo.  Yvonne helped orient the public and took lots of pictures of happy campers.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2010


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