Perseids meteor shower peak this Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th

This coming week, the coming Perseids meteor shower is expected to put on quite a show.  The peak of the shower will occur Saturday and Sunday nights, August 11th and 12th.  This year is expected to be more spectacular than previous years.

Photo of Perseid Meteor August 2009 via Flickr by andyspictures

The Perseids historically have shown 50 meteors an hour and sometimes peaking at 100 per hour.  This shower is named for their apparent point of origin: the constellation Perseus.  I wouldn’t worry if you can’t find the constellation Perseus as the meteors should be visible in all parts of the sky.

This is also a great time to take some dazzling pictures.  See How to take photos of a meteor shower for hints on taking some great pics!

Photo of Perseid Meteor August 2009 via Flickr by andyspictures

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Alpha Capricornids Sunday and Monday nights, July 29th and 30th

Sunday and Monday nights, July 29th and 30th this coming week, the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower is expected to put on a show.  The peak of the shower will occur Sunday and Monday nights, July 29th and 30th.

Kamenew Photography Published on Jul 23, 2016

The Alpha Capricornids historically have shown around 5 meteors an hour. You should also expect many of these to be fireballs.

This is also a great time to take some dazzling pictures.  See How to take photos of a meteor shower for hints on taking some great pics!

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Eta Aquariids meteor shower peaks this Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th

This coming week, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower is expected to put on a show.  The peak of the shower will occur Friday and Saturday nights, May 4th and 5th.  This year is expected to a bit less spectacular than previous years due to the moon, but the more brilliant streaks should overcome this obstacle.

Eta Aquarid meteor taken the night of May 3, 2011 (NASA/MSFC)

The Eta Aquariid historically has shown between 10 and 30 meteors an hour.  You should see some fast streaks and a few fireballs. This shower is caused by pieces of debris from the path of Haley’s Comet.

This is also a great time to take some dazzling pictures.  See How to take photos of a meteor shower for hints on taking some great pics!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon – Sunday April 8, 2018

The United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco has been going on for over 20 years. AND, it is the only half-marathon to cross the Golden Gate Bridge!

The course starts at Pier 39, goes across the Golden Gate bridge, turns around in Sausalito, back across the Golden Gate and ends up at Ghirardelli Square. See the map here.

The race starts at 6:15 am and ends at 11 am on Sunday, April 8th.

Register here! Online registration will close on Sunday, April 1st (no joke!) at 11:59 pm. Last year’s half-marathon had over 9000 people, so register early. It can sell out.

Click here for more information.

You will be able to get the results here after the race.

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Sierra Azul Trail Challenge: 50K, Marathon and More – April 28, 2018

This race offers a bounty of distances for a wide range of runner abilities: 50K, Marathon, 18.8 Miler, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. You will be running through the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. You can run with the wildlife. Deer and other critters may but no bulls or buffalos will be found on the course.

The 50K is not for the weak of heart with two steep climbs. Luckily there are generous downhill portions before both of the climbs. All races start at 6 am at the Start/Finish line at the Hicks Road intersection. Continue reading

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