August President's Message
The year is flying by and apparently so are Perseid meteors.
The Perseid meteor shower annually lights up our night skies in August. The peak of the shower occurs between August 11 and August 13 this year. Sadly, yet another "super" Moon will light up our night sky those nights.
However, the shower started strong this year. NASA's All-sky Fireball Network cameras detected a number of very bright meteors over the weekend of July 27, and this shower is just getting started. The Perseids gradually build to their peak. We should be able to spot a few bright fireballs as the Earth moves further into the debris path left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Speaking of "supermoons," I will give you a quick breakdown of "supermoons" and more at this month's meeting. That is right; I am speaking again. However, this month we will be meeting under a planetarium dome. I will host this month's meeting on Friday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Charles Parish Library Planetarium.
The planetarium is located at 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling, LA 70070. Following our regular business meeting, I will show you the night sky and take you on a trip through it with our show We Are Astronomers.
Come early! Seating is limited in the planetarium. I hope to see you there.