The Perseid meteor shower is off to a good start this year.
The shower peaks at 50-80 meteors per hour on Aug 12/13. The new moon will have just passed, so the lighting will be good for viewing during the peak. I’m hoping for a break in the clouds here. Perhaps your weather will be better.
I really (like really, for real) saw my first Perseid shower accidentally. Aeons ago, I happened to be camping out in the middle of nowhereville, Iowa. I also happened to be awake well into the night and was romping in a wide open field under a moonless night when someone noticed the first meteor. It was pretty spectacular. The multitudes that followed were even more spectacular.
It’s never the same watching from under the light-haze of a big city. However, I will still find a few moments to take a look. Maybe I’ll down some gin and romp around in the back yard.
Check out meteorshowersonline.com or earthsky for a quick glance at where you can find the radiant (“The point in the heavens at which the apparent paths of shooting stars meet, when traced backward, or whence they appear to radiate”) in the constellation Perseus. Perseus….get it. Like Perseid…Perseus….sheesh, pay attention people.
He’s the gent that was born of God and human, decapitated Medusa, rescued Andromeda from a sea monster and founded Mycenae. He also accidentally killed his Gramps with an errant discus during some athletic games. You can’t win ’em all.
The Perseides are the descendants of Perseus and Andromeda. The House of Perseus, if you will (and even if you won’t). Legendary stud, Heracles, is one such descendant, being the half-brother and great-grandson of Perseus. You can call him Hercules, but I think Heracles has a nicer ring to it.
By the way, I did manage to see both the new version of “Clash of the Titans” and “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” at points during the summer. Neither were particularly good, but I enjoyed Percy Jackson more. It is primarily a kids movie and accepting that made it easier to brush off the goofy parts.
I loved Clash of the Titans as a young’un. The new version was just boring. The effects were competent and the movie moved along at a decent pace. It just had no soul. I couldn’t wait for it to end. It hardly warrants as much discussion as I’ve given.
And in closing….
Someone tell me I’m not the only one that sniggers when they read something like this:
Yeah, I probably am. But seriously, you don’t want to be the recipient of Zeus’ golden shower, dammit.