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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Star gazing

The skies have been clear over Paris for a couple of days - just in time for the Perseid meteor shower. Each year several Paris locations offer "Les Nuits des étoiles" and astronomy clubs all over the country host special programs. Our excursion yesterday took us about 50 kms south of Paris to a small town called Breuillet whose astronomy club offered free star gazing to the public.
We arrived early and had to wait for the sky to darken.
We were rewarded by some excellent viewing of Mars, Saturn with its rings, a few étoiles filantes (shooting stars), and passage of the brilliant ISS.

Today we're going to the Cité des Sciences for more astronomy programs focusing on the Mars landing of Curiosity.

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