Monday, August 13, 2007

The intensity of the Perseid meteor shower will fall off rapidly in the next few days. Tonight, however, you may still be able to catch more than a few meteors in a dark location. The skies here in Winnipeg have actually cleared, and viewing conditions may be quite good- a nice wind and few mosquitoes. Try and have a second go at it.
Monday/Tuesday//// August 13th/14th


Saskboy said...

I oughtta steal that graphic (if it's up for grabs, that is?) because it depicts two common myths these days:
That you watch a meteor shower with a telescope, and that Mars gets as big as the full moon at some points in the year (thanks to a stupid chain email). I know you're just using it as a clipart, but it just struck me as funny.

mollymew said...

Go ahead and grab it. You're right; I never gave it much thought as it is an astronomy graphic that I keep handy for, as you say, clip art. I deleted all the perseid graphics before I decided that I should put this final post up.
You actually may be able to watch a meteor with a telescope if you are really, really, really, really, really, really, really FAST.
I've heard of the Mars email that started when Mars made its closest approach, and it apparently resurfaces each summer. But Molly's blurry ancient feline eyes just can't make out anything beyond the shadow of the person and the telescope in the graphic. Even when I enlarged it so every splotch was present.
Where are Mars and the Moon in the graphic ?

Saskboy said...

Mars is the red circle on the whole left side, you can tell from the giant chasm in the middle.