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Perseids!: Version 2009. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, August 10, 2009

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A young boy is looking forward to the annual meteor shower called the Perseids, which is common every August; this year promises to be one of the best displays, with a projected 200 meteors per hour during the peak (height) of the shower.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow night. 

The annual Perseid meteor shower has already started; tomorrow and Wednesday are the "peak" nights, with space forecasters promising as many as 200 meteors per hour during the height of the shower.

It actually started several days ago; each night that's gone by has seen an increase in the number of meteors seen blazing across the star-filled sky.  A full moon has made it difficult to see all but the brightest of the meteors (bolides), with an occasional fireball thrown in; now that the moon is becoming less fat, it should be a lot easier to see more meteors.

I have always enjoyed watching meteors:  doesn't matter what time of year, or what shower I see.  The Perseids.  The Geminids.  The Leonids.  There are others; however, these three remain the best by far.  It could be cold, cold outside, with frost on the ground, or hot, humid summertime out:  I don't care.  As long as I see meteors streaking across the sky, I'm happy.

I'm a meteor nut.  I have always been.  I find them fascinating, as Mr. Spock would say.  :)  I often wonder where they go, where they come from, what they're made of, or if, by any chance, one will turn into a meteorite and slam into the earth.  I think that would be cool seeing a meteorite slamming into the ground in a big explosion!  :)

I also love stargazing, looking for the different planets, seeing the different phases of the moon, watching the northern lights dance, and looking at comets.  Meteors, though, remain my very favorite space feature. 

I think they're neat, especially when you get a nice, fat, green fireball whizzing overhead, which usually always takes me by surprise.  You don't expect them.

My dad says I'd be a good scientist, as things like planets, stars, the moon, the aurora, meteors, etc. drive me to learn more about them.  I'm always on the computer, checking out the latest co-ordinates on meteors, where they will occur and when, and which years are the best for prime meteor shower viewing, so I don't miss out on a thing.

I also love to check on which planets will be vying for space lovers' eyes, or when there will be a good auroral storm in our northern skies.  A good source for information in that vein would be or

There are others; these are two I rely the most on; they seem to have the most accurate information.

Well, I am going to get ready to see the meteors in a few hours; I will write in here again with a full report.  Stay tuned; this is Keith Citriones, the Meteor Maniac, signing off!  So long!

~Keith.  :)

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/12/2009
I'm a meteor nut too. It's tough in LA to see anything good. I gotta ask ya though, I've gathered you and Karla are twins, and as such I've noticed an uncanny collaborative effort on any given day. Are you guys joined at the hip?? LOL Patrick
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/11/2009
Great update, Karen. Thanks for the additional info. God bless.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/10/2009
Thanks for the update Karen.. I found this wite very informative....m

PS, will check out the sky tonight
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/10/2009
This is an awesome story, Meteors are beautiful and mysterious arent they, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 8/10/2009
That is cool that he like meteors.Liked reading this Karen.

With Love,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/10/2009
Another excellent source, Karen, (or Keith, as the case may be LOL) is, where you can listen to satellites or meteors passing overhead, in case of poor visibility due to city lights or weather conditions. Every time one passes over, you'll hear a whistle or *ping*. =]

An excellent write, you pass Keiths's love for all things space to the reader, encouraging them to go outside and look up! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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