Summer nights are not usually the best time for astronomy because the nights are shorter and the sky rarely gets totally dark. Fortunately, during the month of August, we are treated to one of the most reliable and spectacular meteor showers of the year. Full story
Make sure you look up on Sunday night to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower, considered optimal this year because there won't be a moon in the sky. It’s best viewed with the naked eye. Brian Williams reports.
The Rachel Maddow Show in-house astrophysicist Summer Ash sits down with Bill Wolff to talk about this weekend's Perseid meteor shower and the new discovery of an exoplanet that reflects less than one percent of the light it receives from its parent star.
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A long exposure shows stars behind a tree during the annual Perseid meteor shower near the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon August 13, 2012. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
People watch the annual Perseid meteor shower in the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon August 12, 2012. Picture taken August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
Veteran astrophotographer Roberto Porto snapped this spectacular view of a Perseid meteor over Mount Tiede National Park in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 11, 2012 during the peak of the 2012 Perseid meteor shower. The Milky Way and rock arch Zapata de la Reina (Queen's Shoe
epa03358909 A general view of a the Perseid meteor shower in the night sky near Nettersheim in the Eifel region, Germany, in the early hours of 12 August 2012. The meteor shower was easily visible due to clear skies. EPA/OLIVER BERG