There’s something about the starry night that makes keeping the kids up late worth while. Tonight we hope to get a live action show as the Capricornids meteor shower peaks with its “brilliant fireballs.” Skyscrapers Inc. has a good description and how to improve your chances of seeing the shower. We’ll start observing right after sunset in the east-southeast about 20 degrees above the horizon.
For star maps from your location, enter your latitude and longitude, or chose from a list of cities, at fourmilab.ch/yoursky. For a fun game to play as you watch and wait, make a Star Finder, an astronomical variation of the old “cootie catcher” or “fortune teller” featured at NASA’s Space Place. Fun fact: NASA was established this day, July 29, in 1958. Let’s celebrate with a star party tonight.
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