Perseid Meteor Shower to fill R.I. skies
Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak in the skies over Southern New England, but that's not the only interstellar sight that will be visible this week.
As long as Mother Nature cooperates, the Perseid Meteor Shower should be visible each of the next few nights.
It will peak in the late hours of Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning.
"Especially after 11-12 at night, you start to see more and more meteors," Dean David Targan from Brown University tells Eyewitness News.
The meteors are actually small particles left over from a comet.
In a dark sky, it will be possible to see about 60 meteors per hour.
The Perseid Meteor Shower isn't the only sight from space that will be visible.
Just after sunset this week, a brilliantly colored Venus will appear in the western sky.
Next to Venus, Mars and Saturn should also be visible.
"Within a few degrees of one another," Astronomer Mike Umbricht of the Ladd Observatory points out. "So if you were to hold up your hand at arms length, they would fit into the size of your hand."
Targan says it is unusual to be able to see all three planets to close together.
"It's a little bit rarer have all three in the same part of the sky," Umbricht says.
"This one is a little bit better, and the Moon is in the same part of the sky if its clear."
You should be able to see all three planets with the naked eye.
However, if you use a telescope, you may be able to see the reddish coloring of Mars as well as the rings around Saturn. Follow UFO Report on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/uforeport2009
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