Meteor Shower Viewing is Great When Camping

Meteor in the Night SkyOn of the joys of camping is getting away from the bright lights and noise of urban and suburban environments. Getting away from all of the lights on during the night also makes it a pleasure to view the sky full of stars, planets, and the occasional meteor. There is no better place to view meteors than the quiet, dark serenity of the great outdoors.

The best time to look for meteors is during a meteor shower. There are still several that will occur during 2010, including:

  • Perseids on the night of night of August 12. The moon will set around 10 p.m. The Perseids are considered to be a strong meteor shower with an hourly rate of about 90.
  • Orionids on night of October 21. The moon will be full. The Orionids are considered to be a strong meteor show with an hourly rate of about 20.
  • Leonids on night of November 17. The moon sets around 4 a.m. The Leonids are considered to be an irregular meteor shower with a variable hourly rate.
  • Geminids on night of December 13. The moon sets around midnight. The Geminids are considered to be a strong meteor show with an hourly rate of about 120.

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One Response to Meteor Shower Viewing is Great When Camping

  1. Sandy Williams says:

    Where would be the best places to watch the Aug. 2010 meteor showers in the S.F. Bay Area?

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