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Gateway to the Stars August 2016: Dance planets, dance!

July 28th, 2016

The sky has some lovely treats for us in August!

We’re eagerly anticipating the return of the yearly Perseid meteor shower, which regularly occurs in mid-August. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers of the year, and it will normally produce 50-100 meteors per hour at its peak, which is expected to be the early morning of August 12th; however, it’s possible that this year’s Perseids could be even better!

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Night Vision: Conjunctions and Alignments

July 28th, 2016

Thanks to Hollywood, you know the plot well. The planets align in some particular order and the world as we know it ends. Or the world is destroyed by the “big scary bad guy.” Or time, space, and reality twist and warp into something weird. The point is, it never ends well for humanity. So why aren’t we all dead?

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Night Vision: Meteor Showers

July 28th, 2016

If you’re looking for amazing entertainment at the incredible price of free, all you have to do is walk out into the night on August 13th and prepare for the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids have already started their annual pummeling of Earth’s atmosphere, which led some individuals in Utah to think they were seeing meteors on the night of July 27th, 2016, when in fact, they were seeing the space junk remains of the Chinese rocket, Chang Zheng 7. But this doesn’t make the Perseids less fantastic.

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