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Don’t forget…

Photo nicked from this EarthSky.org schedule of 2013 meteor showers. Photographer: Jason Gunders, Queensland, Australia.

This weekend, the Perseid meteor showers peak. The best days should be Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after midnight.

The Perseids are everyone’s favorite, because they’re a very good shower and they happen in August. So, no freezing your ass off to see the purty shootin’ stars.

Of course, even the very best meteor showers, you can stare at the sky a long time before you see one. It’s not like a roman candle, for goodness sakes, so take plenty of patience-enhancing alcohol along!

Good weekend, everybody!


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 9, 2013, 11:14 pm

Good advice, Mme. Hermine! It’s rye for the sky for me!

The phrase “patience-enhancing alcohol” seemed to me to be uniquely insightful, and at least as far as DuckDuckGo and Google are concerned, it is indeed unique. No hits on DDG, and although Google did have one hit, it was your post so it doesn’t count. Well done!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 9, 2013, 11:21 pm

We’ve had rain all summer. Not much hope. Last year I took a few very poor quality shots only to see a local professional show me what they’re supposed to look like. Made my shots look like something my mother would put on the refrigerator door when I was five. Ya, envy is a sin.

This year I might just drink.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 9, 2013, 11:22 pm

Wow. THAT’s how fast Google spiders me. And that, ladies ‘n’ gentle mongs, is because new content goes up every day and has done for years.

That’s you lovely commenters even more than me.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 10, 2013, 12:01 am

Gonna try to talk my wife into wobbling up Mt. Major (with a few beers) & trying to watch for a few hours. Or something similar.

I dunno if I can carry 100 beers a couple of miles up the side of a hill, but that would be better.

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: August 10, 2013, 12:20 am

If you plan your meteor viewing to start about 4 a.m. local time, you stand a good chance of seeing a couple of satellites, too. They catch the sun about that time of day. Also, Jupiter is just rising then–it’s in Gemini right now. So is Mars. Find Orion, which is kind of horizonal to the eastern horizon at that time of day, and look to the left of it. Jupiter’s the big-ass bright object. You can’t miss it. Farther to the left of Jupiter are the stars Castor and Pollux, oriented vertically, and between those two and Jupiter is a pink dot: that’s Mars.

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 10, 2013, 6:32 am

Meanwhile, Obama Goes FAG!


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 10, 2013, 3:18 pm

While you’re waiting bring a constellation chart and a red-tinted low power flashlight so you can find and learn constellations. Red light won’t burn your retina and ruin night vision.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: August 10, 2013, 5:30 pm

Ironically, We’re having rain and overcast here. We usually have uninterrupted blue sky from May to mid-September.

Comment from feynmangroupie
Time: August 10, 2013, 6:58 pm

Since you guys like video games so much, I felt compelled to share something I found last night.


Apparently some female programmer wants you all to know the angsty pain of being a person of teatage through the wonder of interactive computer graphics. She has received many accolades for her brave foray into the world of video games and gender politics…and boobs.

I’m sure it’ll be on Steam in no time.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 10, 2013, 8:57 pm

That was…oh, so very lame, FG.

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 10, 2013, 11:42 pm

Lets look at a little North Korean Documentary, that was produced in Christchurch.


Comment from feynmangroupie
Time: August 11, 2013, 12:32 am

😉 That’s very sexist of you Stoaty. As a person suffering from boobs all her life, I feel you are trivializing…nay marginalizing the cultural hegemony of the male dangly bits.

I can’t even make this bullshit up anymore. How the fuck can women AND men actually give credence to this? Whatever happened to nice traditional liberal hand-wringing over the starving people in Ethiopia or freeing Tibet or police brutality!!!!1eleventy11!

When did Jiggle Physics become the symbol of The Man?

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 11, 2013, 8:35 am

Big critters coming in!


Comment from Deborah
Time: August 11, 2013, 2:43 pm

It’s during the times of meteor showers that I really miss my little farm in the Texas panhandle. No street lights, not many trees, and nothing in sight taller than a distant grain elevator.

Comment from Some Star
Time: August 11, 2013, 4:51 pm

When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

Death Pool win coming for?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 11, 2013, 11:46 pm

We sat out for a half an hour tonight. Boy, this storm, they sure do come from anywhere and go to anywhere. Lots of bright, short meteors.

We are in a pretty dark area, I’m happy to say. The Milky Way runs right down the center of our lawn. That’s how important we are.

Comment from thefritz
Time: August 11, 2013, 11:58 pm

Oh baby…I’m in northern lower Michigan now and if the clouds stay away we will have a stellar view tonight and tomorrow.
Last year I saw the best fireball I have ever seen…horizon to horizon and a brilliant green. Persieds are the titschizzel
FG…embrace them!

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 12, 2013, 12:38 am

feynmangroupie @ August 10, 2013, 6:58 pm:
Apparently some female programmer wants you all to know the angsty pain of being a person of teatage through the wonder of interactive computer graphics.

You did notice use of the word “cisgender”?

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: August 12, 2013, 12:46 am

I think I’ll stick with EVE online FG ^^

On another note, I’ve always loved sitting outside late at night watching meteors. Had one come so close I heard it crackle. I should really go out looking for it one of these days >_>

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 12, 2013, 12:51 am

Man, all this “meatier” talk has me craving some ribs.

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 12, 2013, 10:46 am

Just come inside to check the radar … Perseids is looking like a bit of a flop from here at the moment …

Will wait till dawn – perhaps there *might* be something ..

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 12, 2013, 12:00 pm

Spotted four meteors this morning around 5:30—in the WNW. Our sky is hazy though—all that African dust drifting over is getting to me (I’ve sneeze so hard for the past four days that my nose feels like it’s broken).

Haven’t seen the Milky Way in years. Wish I could buy one of these hill tops here in the Hill Country. I’m planning a late-night viewing tonight though. Does anyone reading here watch for the International Space Station to pass over? I’m on the notification list for the ISS so I know when to run outside and look up.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 12, 2013, 2:14 pm

Saw a dozen or so, a few really bright ones, but no flaming balls of fire, or triffids, yet.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: August 12, 2013, 10:57 pm

Thanks for the tip. I went out to a dark remote area last night and saw a couple. As a bonus there were fireflies.

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 13, 2013, 3:36 am

Nothing worthy of mention in the Southern hemisphere … a terrible flop

Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 13, 2013, 4:09 am

I’ve never set out to watch for the ISS, Deborah, but I heard them transmit once over the “listening watch” frequency that we keep tuned in the airplane. It’s separate from the regular ATC frequency, but you can hear them both at the same time. The astronaut said, and I quote, “This is the International Space Station broadcasting on xxx.x, circling high above.” I thought it was bullshit at first, but my technical advisor informs me that it would be possible for them to transmit on a standard frequency that we can receive in the aircraft. And, you know: I sleep with the guy, so why would he lie?

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 13, 2013, 6:56 pm

Well dang, Anonymous—what’s the frequency? I have a dandy shortwave receiver that might pick it up.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 13, 2013, 8:58 pm


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 14, 2013, 3:30 am

Get yourself orbitron, and update your two line element files – plot you location and UTC time – and bingo …

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: August 23, 2013, 3:44 am

Clouds. Meh.

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