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Saturday, August 18, 2012

What a Sight Last Week!

Have you seen the Perseids meteor shower, a spectacle in which meteors burn up in Earth's atmosphere and are seen streaking across the constellation PERSEUS and much of the Eastern sky? If so, you might have seen at least some neat shooting stars and maybe even some extra-breathtaking ones! The event that astronomers around the world were looking forward to occurred the last week. There was one shooting star that shot from the north to south in the eastern sky, and it had a long tail - a true, full-sized shooting star! If you did see the Perseids meteor shower, please write a comment about your experience :)

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Blog Background

The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula