Close Your Eyes and Listen to the Night Sky

13:47 minutes

On August 12th and 13th, the Perseid meteor shower will peak, giving night sky watchers the best chance at spotting a fireball. But if the bright “supermoon” drowns them out, radio astronomer Nicole Gugliucci has another option—listen to the meteors instead. Gugliucci explains how to build an “itty bitty radio network” with an old satellite dish, or how to tune into the display with a simple AM/FM radio. Learn how to do it yourself here.

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Nicole Gugliucci

Nicole Gugliucci is the informal education lead at CosmoQuest and a post-doctoral researcher at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.

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Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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