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Who Let the Dogs out?
Someone must have left the door open, because the skies are full of dogs. You can see the dogs of Orion and the hunting dogs of the shepherd Bootes in pursuit of the Great Bear. There is also the Running Dog Nebula and the memory of poor Laika, the first cosmonaut, who perished in space.
*The Perseids are coming*
Here is a trailer for Meteorwatch 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPxvUzsft_k&feature=player_embedded Meteor Watch will be giving information as it comes in and on the peak days you can follow the shower on their site and by Facebook, Twitter and toher media. For Twitter look for the hashtag #meteorwatch and following @VirtualAstro. http://www.meteorwatch.org/
You can read more about the Perseid meteor shower here http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.asp.
Look for the waxing crescent Moon at dusk tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow. Also look out for Saturn nearby.
Maria Mitchell was born on August 1, 1818. She was the first American woman to become a professional astronomer. The first woman since Caroline Herschel to discover a comet, she became a professor at Vassar College.
It is Neil Armstrong's 81st birthday on August 5th.
That's all for now. Wishing you clear skies.
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