New “Space!” Section Added with Night Sky Map & ISS Sightings

New Space Section

We just added a new Space! section to Livermore Rocks! It includes…

  • An International Space Stations (ISS) sightings schedule. It’ll let you know when and where to look as the ISS passes over Livermore. It’s fun to watch.
  • A Night Sky Map as the stars and planets look from Livermore. The map is interactive and updates every second. It’s a neat tool to see what’s above us right now.

Check it out by clicking the Space! button in the menu above.

Shooting Stars Over Livermore [Photo]

Last night after midnight, we drove up to Del Valle Rd to watch the Perseids meteor shower. There were lots of people up there as cars lined the road. The temperature was surprisingly warm and with clear skies we weren’t disappointed with the show.

We were up there for almost two hours and lost count as we saw well over a dozen meteors streaking across the sky in varying degrees of brightness.

Unfortunately catching them with a lens is another story. After almost 2 hours I had 118 photos of a beautiful starry sky without a shooting star crossing the camera’s path. As started to pack up, I turned the camera towards the trees. I wanted to get a couple of shots of the sky with something else in the frame.

Looking down as I was holding the shutter open, I hear people yell, “Woooooah!”

My head darted around in frustration as I missed what must have been a really nice one. I looked to where the camera was pointing and noticed a faint trail of an obviously large streak. When I switched the to play, this is what I saw: (Click the photo to enlarge!)

Perseids Shooting Star Over Livermore, CA
Credit: Kirk Sylvester

Success!

 

Look Up! Perseids Shooting Stars Peak Sunday & Monday

Credit: Science@NASA

Credit: Science@NASA

Hello Livermore stargazers. Tonight will be a great night to get out and look at the stars. The Perseids meteor shower, the years most spectacular, peaks as we speak.

Late tonight I’m going to head on the outskirts of Livermore to get away from the lights and see if I can capture the show on camera. Hopefully the fog doesn’t roll in this far and I get some great shots to share.

For more info, check out this article at SFGate.com: “Gaze skyward early Monday, Tuesday to see Perseids