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                   Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 12:34AM

Set up for the Perseids

By DAN ROBINSON
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In addition to crystal clear skies, the air has cooled off nicely here in Raleigh tonight. The temperature is in the comfortable low 70s, making it bearable to be outside for the first time in a couple of weeks. Perfect timing for the peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower - which starts tonight and continues through the early morning hours.

I'm set up on the roof of the house with laptop and cameras (making this the first rooftop blog post), with a nice view to the northeast and nearly 360 degrees all around. The city lights are off to the north-northwest, so photography should not be a problem as long as there are a few bright fireballs.

So far, I haven't seen any Perseids. But the show is supposed to get going after 1 or 2AM. The nice thing about setting up here is that I can go inside for a while if things stay slow.

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