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Janet Anderson
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

Up All Night With NASA: NASA Chats Up the Perseid Meteor Shower
What:Looking for a little excitement as the summer draws to a close? This year’s Perseid meteor shower peaks Aug. 12-13, and it promises to be one of the best displays of the year! If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a peak display of at least 80 meteors per hour. A waxing crescent moon will set before the shower becomes active – setting a perfect stage for meteor watching – weather permitting of course!

When: Aug. 12-13

Media Availability: 1-2 p.m. CDT. Media are invited to interview Astronomer Bill Cooke about the Perseid shower at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Live Web Chat: 2-3 p.m. CDT. Cooke will answer your questions about the Perseids, and the best ways to view it, via a live Web chat.

Up All Night: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. CDT. Stay up all night with Cooke as he takes your questions from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. during the meteor shower. A live video feed, with audio – (did you know meteors “sing”?) – of the meteor shower will be viewable on the chat site. Joining the chat is easy. Simply log in to the link below on Aug. 12 a few minutes before the chat times. A chat window will be active at the bottom of the page. Log in, then Cooke will start answering your questions.

To attend: News media interested in interviewing Cooke or covering the event should contact Janet Anderson in the Marshall Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Media must report to the Redstone Visitor Center at Gate 9. Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.

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