August 9–10 A Meteor Shower, a Meteorite, and More
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Every August planet Earth cuts through the so-called “river of rubble” left behind along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle—which last visited the inner solar system in 1992—treating us to one of the flashiest meteor showers of the year, the Perseids.
This year’s peak meteor activity happens on August 12 and 13, when dark-sky observers may be able to count up to 100 Perseids per hour! The sight may be slightly upstaged, however, by the August 10 full Moon . Before you try your shot at catching a glimpse of the show, learn about meteors, meteorites, and asteroids at the Museum’s Arthur Rose Hall of Meteorites.
Then head to the Rose Center for Earth and Space where you can venture far beyond our solar system into deep space in the Hayden Planetarium Space Show, Dark Universe. Learn about the dark matter and dark energy that together may make up 95 percent of the universe’s total energy and mass.
Don't forget! The Power of Poison exhibition closes this Sunday, August 10, 2014