Cooperative skies and an appropriate playlist are the only requirements for enjoying the annual show.
Every August the Earth passes through a trail
of cosmic dander shed by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The result is a spectacular light show known as the Perseid meteor shower.
This year’s installment of the heavenly spectacle promises to be a good one. The moon has already set and Doppler images indicate a high likelihood of clear skies throughout the night. With a little luck, we could be in for rates as high as 70 or 80 per hour.
My nanopod playlist for tonight’s event includes Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons and Hayley Westenra. I’m also considering some Moody Blues and Eivor Palsdottir.
What music will you be listening to?
Update: The Cosmos brought its A game last night. We spotted meteors at a rate of 52 an hour, with many leaving long, arching tracers.