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Perseids Meteor Shower To Dazzle Temecula Skies This Weekend

Members of the Temecula Valley Astronomers, dedicated to sparking interest in astronomy, plan to set up telescopes for a public Perseids-watching party on Aug. 11 at Lake Skinner.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared July 22, but as the Perseids meteor shower approaches, we wanted to remind residents that the skies will be putting on quite a show this weekend! According to the National Weather Service, skies are expected to be clear during the heavenly performance.

Summertime and shooting stars go together. Earth spins us into prime seating for spectacular night shows of meteor showers.

According to Wildomar resident John Garrett, who serves as vice president of the Temecula Valley Astronomers, there will be a big star-studded show Aug. 11-12 when the flashy Perseids dazzle with 60 to 80 falling stars an hour.

Members of the Temecula Valley Astronomers, dedicated to sparking interest in astronomy, plan to set up telescopes for a public Perseids-watching party on Aug. 11 at Lake Skinner.

A meteor is space debris hitting Earth's atmosphere and burning up in a flash of streaking light.

When Earth passes near comet debris, we see meteor showers that include the famed Perseids, named for the constellation from which they appear to radiate.

Best viewing for any meteor shower is in as dark skies as possible; haze and lights and too much moonlight will block the show, Garrett said. Don't let trees, buildings or hills block the view.

The Perseids may be more family-friendly. This year they promise to offer more dazzling displays earlier in the night skies, Garrett said.

The star-watching party from 8-9 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the regional park, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester, will be free, according to Riverside County Parks officials.

Discover more: Sky and Telescope's meteor primer

John Garrett's Bright Stars Wildomar blog

NASA's Watch the Skies blog

Sighthoundma August 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thank you for the Perseids Meteor Shower article. I think I might be able to see the shower from my home in Temecula. Please, where in the sky would you suggest I look to see the shower. Gayle
John Garrett August 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Lake Skinner has just cancelled this event. Do not attend. They are getting thunderstorms and are expecting more throughout the night. John Garrett, Temecula Valley Astronomers
Roger Fernandez August 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Hello, from what I can tell on Weather.com, the constellation is in the Northeastern sky, my family and I will start there. Roger
John Garrett August 12, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Let me add to Roger's comment. He's right. Look to the northeast, but also watch overhead where the sky will be darkest. I plan to watch from my home from 11-1. Morning hours are best, except that the moon rises around 1:00, and it's light will overwhelm some of the fainter meteors.

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