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How to Watch the August 2011 Meteor Shower Online

How to Wach Tonight's Meteor Shower Online

Be sure to sneak in a siesta at some point today — there's a big meteor shower happening late this evening, and the light show will go on until the wee hours of Saturday morning! In what is considered to be the best meteor shower of the year, Earth is passing through a 1,000-year-old cluster of meteors called Perseids, which should allow you to be able to spot 20-30 meteors (or "falling stars") per hour in your night sky. If your weather report is predicting clouds or fog (I'm looking at you, San Francisco), you shouldn't get too bummed — there's plenty of places to watch the show online. Check out a few destinations in the links below.

  • NASA — NASA will be broadcasting the sky directly from its Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, on its web page. There will also be a live chat about the Perseid meteors with astronomer Bill Cooke and team starting at 8 p.m. PDT. Best part — you'll get to hear audio of the meteors as they burn up in the atmosphere!
  • Sandia Sentinel Fireball Camera Network, Hawley, TX — It's a bit of a blurry cam, but you'll be able to catch some of the brightest meteors on this live stream from Texas.
  • Oak Grove Observatory — Take a peek into the skies with this camera from Louisiana.
  • New Mexico Skies Camera — This camera is off during the day, but activates at dusk for your viewing pleasure.
  • Twin Pines Observatory — Same goes for this California cam, which activates when the sun goes down.
  • Paul Beskeen Astrophotography — This camera, stationed in Cambridgeshire, UK, is on 24/7. Get a peek now!
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