Cat Lady Liza and her fellow stargazer Orion are looking forward to viewing the Perseids meteor shower tonight after midnight. Usually their bedtime is 10:00, but lots of hot cocoa for Liza and some extra catnip for Orion should do the trick.
Here are some tips from NASA for viewing the spectacle:
For sky watchers in North America, the watch begins after nightfall on August 11th and continues until sunrise on the 12th. Veteran observers suggest the following strategy: Unfold a blanket on a flat patch of ground. (Note: the middle of your street is not a good choice.) Lie down and look up. Perseids can appear in any part of the sky, their tails all pointing back to the shower's radiant (the point that they radiate from) in the constellation Perseus. Get away from city lights if you can.
For more information, a sky map and tips, visit the NASA website: 2009 Perseid Meteor Shower
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