Mountain Skies: Perseid Meteor Shower Due This Weekend
Last updated 8/7/2017 at 6:09pm
For the constellation study this time, let us go a bit later in the evening than usual. Rising in the northeast about sunset is the beautiful constellation of Cassiopeia, the queen, sometimes referred to as “the lady in the chair.” Cassiopeia is best spotted by looking in the northeast for a big letter “W” made up of five bright stars. Then, about 11 p.m., we begin to see the first stars of Perseus, the hero who rescued the beautiful Princess Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus. By 1 a.m. Perseus is well up in the northeast.
What is the significance of these two...