Perseid meteor shower 2021 - live: Latest on when and how to see the spectacular phenomenon at its peak

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The Independent 13 August, 2021 - 11:54am 53 views

Where in the sky are the Perseids?

The Perseids will appear to dart from a region of the sky near the famous double star cluster in the northern region of the constellation Perseus, which will be ascending the northeast part of the sky through the overnight hours tonight. Space.comHere's the US weather forecast for the Perseid meteor shower's peak tonight

Where does the Perseid meteor shower come from?

The Perseids are fragments of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits between the Sun and beyond the orbit of Pluto once every 133 years. Every year, the Earth passes near the path of the comet, and the debris left behind by Swift-Tuttle shows up as meteors in the sky. NBC Chicago2021 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: How to See It

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Relief from remarkably hot, humid, stormy pattern imminent

WIFR 15 August, 2021 - 05:11am

Dr. Diane Heidmann was shocked to see Emonte Morgan’s face in the paper, accused of fatally shooting a Chicago police officer and critically wounding another during a traffic stop in West Englewood.

She last saw him four months earlier, driving a white van that slammed into a man in a Loop crosswalk, breaking the windshield and sending the pedestrian flying against a stop sign, never stopping until hitting a parked car nearly a mile and a half way, according to a police report.

She wondered why he wasn’t in jail instead of being on the street the night Officer Ella French was killed.

“It’s pretty incredible that they let him go,” said Heidmann, an internist at Northwestern Hospital. “That might have been able to have been prevented if he wasn’t let back out.”

Morgan had been on probation for a robbery in Old Town at the time, and a petition had been filed to find him in violation, which could have sent him to jail. But a hearing to resolve the issue had not been held yet.

A judge had decided to give authorities some time to track down and notify Morgan. He set the hearing for this past Tuesday, three days after Morgan allegedly shot French and her partner.

The hit-and-run happened on a warm evening on April 9. Heidmann said she was biking home after a swim around 9:15 p.m. when she saw a Dodge Caravan swerving in and out of lanes in the 1300 block of Wells Street.

“This guy is gonna kill someone,” she thought to herself. “I’ve never seen anyone drive so recklessly in my life.”

Moments later, she heard a “terrible” sound and saw a man being thrown from the van’s windshield and against a stop sign. The van didn’t stop.

Heidmann said she hopped off her bike and sat with the man until police and paramedics arrived.

“He was in bad shape, I mean that was just terrible head trauma,” she said. “I was telling him not to move because if there was any kind of spinal cord damage, I didn’t want him to make it worse.”

The man was taken to Northwestern in serious but stable condition, the police report states.

Morgan kept driving until he hit a parked car in the 900 block of North Cambridge Avenue, according to the report. He got out of the Caravan and tried to run away, but he was stopped by a security guard.

Police officers responded and took Morgan into custody. He told investigators that the crash on Wells occurred because he was arguing with his brother over the phone and became distracted, the report states.

He was charged with driving without a license, operating an uninsured vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident, according to police. The most serious charge was a misdemeanor, and Morgan was released from custody the next day on a personal recognizance bond.

Heidmann said she looked up details of the accident hoping to find out if the man survived his injuries. That’s when she learned Morgan had been released a day after his arrest.

This week, she saw that Morgan was charged with killing French and severely wounding her partner last Saturday night. His brother, Eric Morgan, was also charged in the attack.

“I was in utter disbelief and felt sadness for her family,” Heidmann said.

Police did not ask prosecutors to consider felony charges in the hit-and-run, instead filing misdemeanor charges and citations directly and sending the case to Traffic Court, according to Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Chicago police declined to provide further information about the decision. Asked whether the police knew Morgan was on probation and why felony charges were not sought, a spokesperson said, “We do not have that information at this time.”

Court records show Morgan appeared for his first hearing on May 7. The case was continued to July 22, then continued again to Aug. 27.

The first opportunity for prosecutors to review the charges in the case would have been at Morgan’s first hearing, Simonton said. Prosecutors can seek to upgrade or add new charges after getting the case, and do so “on a case-by-case basis,” Simonton said. “It all needs to be reviewed.”

It was unclear if authorities were aware of Morgan’s probation at that initial hearing.

On May 18, the Cook County Adult Probation Department filed a petition in court, saying Morgan had violated his probation in the robbery case with the new arrest in the hit-and-run.

A judge set a hearing on the petition for Aug. 10, giving authorities time to “re-notify” Morgan of the hearing and have him appear in court, according to court records.

On Aug. 7, around 9 p.m., police say Morgan, his brother and a woman were in a car that was stopped by French and two other officers for expired plates. Eric ran from the car, but Emonte struggled with one of the officers, police said.

As French went to help her partner, Emonte allegedly turned and shot both of them, police said. A third officer on the scene then shot Emonte, and he remains at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

As for the original petition to find Morgan in violation of his probation, it was superseded by one that cited the shooting of the officers.

Heidmann said she took the crash back in April personally because her mother was involved in a hit-and-run not long ago and no one was charged. She wants hit-and-runs to be taken as seriously as carjackings or other crimes.

“People who do things like this, injure people and just are able to drive away without thinking twice, what else are these people up to?” she asked.

Perseid meteor shower peaks this evening

Daily Mail 15 August, 2021 - 05:11am

Much drier air is already showing up behind the front, and a noticeable drop in humidity is just hours away from commencing.

A few showers and storms may still ignite before the front’s passage during the evening hours, though the threat for severe weather is virtually nonexistent. The question, from there, centers on how long it takes for clouds to clear the area. That’s because the Perseid Meteor Shower is to peak overnight, offering night owls and stargazers a potentially vibrant display. In contrast to the past year or two, the moon will not inhibit viewing conditions. Last year, a full moon illuminated the sky far too much and obscured our viewing considerably. This go-around, the moon will only be 17% illuminated.

The presence of clouds now becomes the big wild card. Seeing clearing during the best viewing times of between 12:00 and 4:00am isn’t guaranteed, though it’s entirely possible in many spots, especially the later on we go.

Bright sunshine is then to dominate Friday and Saturday. Northwesterly winds Friday and northerly winds Saturday are to keep humidity levels in extremely pleasant territory. As for temperatures, expect both days to be very seasonable, with highs in the lower to middle 80s.

The calm, comfortable conditions have some staying power, it appears. Humidity’s to remain comfortable well into next week, and our next rain chance is at least six days away.

It’s okay to admit both Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins looked good vs. the Eagles

Newstalk 14 August, 2021 - 07:00am

Are you on Team Mason or the Dwayne Train? Why choose at this point? I think both Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins have performed well during the Steelers first two preseason games.

It was the second preseason game for Pittsburgh, the second start for Rudolph and the second time in which he failed to lead the offense to a single score before exiting.

On the other hand, Dwayne Haskins was the featured act for the second straight week. And while featured acts usually go on before the headliners in the world of show business, in the case of Haskins, he was able to steal the spotlight yet again by completing 16 of 22 passes for 161 yards and a 22-yard touchdown strike to receiver Anthony Johnson, while helping lead the Steelers to a come-from-behind victory over the second Thursday in a row.

I thought Haskins did a good job of stepping up in the pocket before unleashing that touchdown pass. But I also thought Rudolph faced more consistent pressure behind a line made up of folks such as Joe Haeg, Kendrick Green and Chukwuma Okorafor.

To echo head coach Mike Tomlin’s post-game sentiments: Haskins did a good job reading through his progressions—in my opinion, he appeared to be better in that regard than Rudolph. To reiterate, however, Rudolph didn’t have the same kind of time to read through his progressions.

Haskins looked more poised and comfortable. But maybe that’s because he was afforded better protection behind a line that included guard Kevin Dotson and tackle Dan Moore, a rookie fourth-round pick who arrived in town with much less hype than Dotson did a year ago after being picked in the same round but who is starting to grow on more folks with each passing day.

As I watched the game, I kept trying to find ways to finally write off Rudolph, who completed eight of nine passes for 77 yards, but I just couldn’t honestly do that.

I think both quarterbacks improved from their play a week earlier. While Haskins posted a quarterback rating of 108.3—a huge step up from his 70.7 mark in the Hall of Fame Game—Rudolph’s rating of 102.3 was nearly six points higher than his very respectable 96.5 score in the preseason lid-lifter in Canton.

Rudolph faced the more dangerous Eagles’ defenders, but he also had better weapons to work with than did Haskins, who did his damage against future social media influencers. while playing with future Barstool podcasters.

You can argue about these two young quarterbacks until you’re blue in the face.

Who do I think deserves the job as the Steelers’ backup quarterback? I don’t think it’s a matter of deserving. I think it’s a matter of what plans Pittsburgh has for both. If you’re talking about someone who can perhaps fill the role of a backup quarterback better, I’d probably lean toward keeping Rudolph in that spot in 2021. Rudolph has been here for four years. While he might be learning the same new offensive system that Haskins is, he’s not learning a new culture, a new city, new teammates, etc. I would be more than comfortable with Rudolph stepping into a game or starting one and doing enough to win it. That’s really what a backup quarterback is meant to do in an ideal world.

Now, if you’re talking about someone who would have to step in for Roethlisberger following another long-term injury (Heaven forbid), I think Haskins could give the Steelers a better chance to win over the course of a season. As a former first-round pick, Haskins is clearly the more gifted of the two backup passers. He’s got more tools in his tool belt than Rudolph, if you will. Of the two, Haskins passes the eye test in terms of what most teams are looking for in a starting NFL quarterback.

So why shouldn’t Haskins be promoted to the backup quarterback spot? I don’t know. It’s still early, for one thing. For another thing, I’m just trying to be diplomatic.

It’s my way of saying that I like both of these guys. I’m super excited about Haskins and the potential for him to be the heir apparent, but I also think there’s still an opportunity for Rudolph to grow into a good-to-better NFL quarterback.

I think both Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins have handled themselves well through the first two preseason games.

Is there really much to argue about at this point?

Where to look to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight

The Independent 12 August, 2021 - 04:58pm

The celestial spectacle – arguably the most famous and widely-watched meteor shower of the year, and taking place every August – is famous in part because it does not require much preparation to see. No special equipment is required, and it can be seen just by looking up at the sky.

But there are things you can do to make sure you see the best of it. That includes ensuring that you look up at the right time, including other preparations.

The lucky thing is that there is no need to find the exact place to look. The answer to where to look forthe Perseids is: just about anywhere.

The streaking lights can appear right across the sky, wherever you are looking.

As such, the best thing to do is to look straight up, where the sky is likely to be darkest and the light pollution least invasive. That will give you the best chance of actually spotting one of the meteors as they blaze across the sky.

Perhaps more important is where you should look after you’ve seen one. If you can trace the light back to where it came from, you might be able to see whether it seemed to emerge from the Perseus constellation, and so find out whether it is really a Perseid or just another interloper.

Also as important as where you should be looking is where you should be looking from. Again, while it’s possible to see the shower from anywhere, being in certain places will increase your chances.

The best thing is to find somewhere with as little light pollution as possible. Everything helps – while the best view will probably come in the countryside, as far from civilisation as possible, just going to a quiet park or looking away from busy areas will help.

Likewise, it will be helpful to make sure you are away from any obstructions in the sky. A canopy of trees or skyscrapers will block off how much of the sky you can see, and the more of it you can see the more chance there is to spot a meteor.

It is also worth checking the weather forecast. The Perseids might be bright but they are not bright enough to shine through clouds; seeing them might be magical, but they’ll be a lot less magical if you are out in the cold.

Where to look to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight

Echo Press 12 August, 2021 - 04:58pm

The celestial spectacle – arguably the most famous and widely-watched meteor shower of the year, and taking place every August – is famous in part because it does not require much preparation to see. No special equipment is required, and it can be seen just by looking up at the sky.

But there are things you can do to make sure you see the best of it. That includes ensuring that you look up at the right time, including other preparations.

The lucky thing is that there is no need to find the exact place to look. The answer to where to look forthe Perseids is: just about anywhere.

The streaking lights can appear right across the sky, wherever you are looking.

As such, the best thing to do is to look straight up, where the sky is likely to be darkest and the light pollution least invasive. That will give you the best chance of actually spotting one of the meteors as they blaze across the sky.

Perhaps more important is where you should look after you’ve seen one. If you can trace the light back to where it came from, you might be able to see whether it seemed to emerge from the Perseus constellation, and so find out whether it is really a Perseid or just another interloper.

Also as important as where you should be looking is where you should be looking from. Again, while it’s possible to see the shower from anywhere, being in certain places will increase your chances.

The best thing is to find somewhere with as little light pollution as possible. Everything helps – while the best view will probably come in the countryside, as far from civilisation as possible, just going to a quiet park or looking away from busy areas will help.

Likewise, it will be helpful to make sure you are away from any obstructions in the sky. A canopy of trees or skyscrapers will block off how much of the sky you can see, and the more of it you can see the more chance there is to spot a meteor.

It is also worth checking the weather forecast. The Perseids might be bright but they are not bright enough to shine through clouds; seeing them might be magical, but they’ll be a lot less magical if you are out in the cold.

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