The best time to watch for meteors will be from the late-night hours of Wednesday, Aug, 11 on through the predawn hours of Aug. 13 – two full nights and early mornings. Patient skywatchers with good conditions could see up to 60 shooting stars an hour or more.
For a cool little “NASA chat” about the Perseid meteor shower this year, click on the NASA image to the right.
Side note to show you how cool I am: late last year, my friends Erin and Jeff, and I went way outside the city at 2am on a Monday night to lay in the middle of a cornfield and watch the Leonids meteor shower. Remains one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. (Did you know that if a meteor is big enough you can actually hear it? It’s amazing!)
On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. This image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory of the news-making solar event on August 1 shows the C3-class solar flare (white area on upper left), a solar tsunami (wave-like structure, upper right), multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more.
This multi-wavelength extreme ultraviolet snapshot from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sun’s northern hemisphere in mid-eruption. Different colors in the image represent different gas temperatures. Earth’s magnetic field is still reverberating from the solar flare impact on August 3, 2010, which sparked aurorae as far south as Wisconsin and Iowa in the United States. Analysts believe a second solar flare is following behind the first flare and could re-energize the fading geomagnetic storm and spark a new round of Northern Lights.
So, this band rocks. Not only do they have a great bluegrass sound, but man what an awesome attitude. They love their fans. And they have a DC house circuit where they play free/donation shows — and a couple are happening this very Sunday!
Sunday, August 8th, 2010:**
430pm @ 1732 Kenyon St NW (Mt. Pleasant)
8pm @ 3529 13th St NW
Never heard them? Perfect! Come listen! You can start by listening to them on NPR here, or visit their MySpace site. They played that the 2010 Newport Folk Festival with the likes of Andrew Bird and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. They killed it. So come with me Sunday and listen to some awesome tunes!
**They liiike you to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if possible, so they can get some sort of head count.