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Ideal viewing for Perseid meteor shower

Posted by David Epstein August 10, 2013 01:50 PM

Get your favorite lawn chair, a blanket and something to drink because the year's best meteor show is already underway. If you have seen a meteor or two the past couple of nights most likely you are seeing one of thousands of Perseid meteors that will streak across the sky this month. I'll be updating the details of the Perseid meteors and the forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.
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Clear skies give another chance to see comet Pan-STARRS

Posted by David Epstein March 10, 2013 05:00 PM

After a spectacular early March day we have one more opportunity to see a celestial show tonight in the western sky. The comet Pan-STARRS is going to be at its brightest tonight. Clouds are in the forecast, but right now may hold off long enough for some possible great viewing. There are high clouds in areas south of the Massachusetts turnpike, but it's worth a quick look.
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The are conflicting reports of just how bright the comet will be, but it's worth a shot. A lot of times these heavenly shows are late at night, this one occurs just a bit after sunset. I think it's worth the 15 minutes to try to see it. The comet will make its closest approach to the sun tomorrow after coming within a 100 million miles of the earth a few days ago. I gave it a shot to no avail last evening, but will try again in a few hours.

I'll be updating my weather forecasts on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Please send me a picture if you see the comet

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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