Latest News – August 12

Meteor Showers to Light Up Leadville Sky

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The brilliant Milky Way captured by Jared Bella out at Twin Lakes in 2016. The next two nights should be the best viewing for the Perseid meteor showers in the night skies.

While all celestial attentions seemed to be focused – or how NOT to focus – on the upcoming solar eclipse scheduled to occur on August 21, there’s something more immediate in tonight’s skies that trail watchers should be on the lookout for and should be visible to the naked eye. The annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year. The peak of this spectacular meteor shower is noted beginning today, August 11 thru Sunday, Aug. 13!

In 2017, the Perseids will be a little more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time. “But the good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs; otherwise the moon would really mess with them” says NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

No matter where you live worldwide, the 2017 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.

So keep on eye on the trail but also keep an eye to the skies when you’re out in the the dark mountain skies!

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