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The Sky from Wimberley, Texas

Wimberley area skygazers, residents and visitors, are often lucky enough to have an unobstructed view of the wonders of the night sky. Away from the light pollution of the city, even a few minutes skywatching can be relaxing, restorative, and reawaken our sense of place in the universe. Welcome to The Wimberley Sky.

Summer Perseid Meteor Showers - Wimberley Skygazing at Its Best
Believed to be the year's best meteor shower by some, the Perseid meteor shower is spectacular when the moon doesn't inhibit viewing. The 2017 Perseids peak on August 15th, with little to no competition from a bright moon, it might be spectacular. More here...

This years special treat! ---- 2017 Total Solar Ecipse

This eclipse is the first to cross the United States since 1979. It will begin over the Pacific Ocean, when the Moon’s dark shadow first touches Earth. The shadow will reach the Oregon coastline at 10:16 a.m. PDT, and race southeastward before exiting over South Carolina at 2:49 p.m. EDT. The shadow will cross 11 states.

Totality will reach its maximum length of about 2 minutes, 40 seconds, over southern Missouri. The path of the eclipse will reach a maximum width of about 70 miles, with the eclipse lasting longest along the centerline of that path. Nashville is the largest city within the eclipse path, although parts of Kansas City and St. Louis will lie inside the shadow as well.

While the rest of the United States will miss out on the total phase of the eclipse, the entire country will experience a partial eclipse, where the Moon covers a part of the solar disk. From cities close to the eclipse path (such as Portland, Oregon, where the Moon will cover 99 percent of the Sun, or Atlanta, with 97 percent coverage), the sky will turn noticeably darker and the temperature will drop a bit. Even so, skywatchers will need eye protection to look at the eclipse.

Wimberley observers should expect @ 65% total coverage.




Resources...

 


Wetlands off the Gulf Coast
Our Visible Earth  A huge resource with searchable database including images, animations and visualizations of our planet. Check out such items as smoke plumes over the Gulf states, carbon monoxide around the earth and hydrological changes.
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NASA-TV
NASA-TV! Live Data from NASA, a continuous webcast of the NASA-TV broadcast covering the agency activities and events. 

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in the Dark
Light Pollution  DarkSky.org is the website of the International Dark-Sky Association. The Resources link there is recommended. Help keep the Wimberley Sky beautiful!
Visit Earth and Sky Earth & Sky  Podcasts, articles, blogs, and home on the web for the popular Earth & Sky radio moments.



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