Meteor Shower Weekend

Be sure not to miss out on the meteor showers this weekend (Sunday night – Monday morning). It is a new moon coinciding with the Perseid shower. Mars will also be visible to the naked eye.
Just in case you are curious:

The Perseids (PURR-see-idz) are a prolific meteor shower[1] associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are so called because the point they appear to come from, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. However, they can be seen all across the sky. Because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseids are mostly visible on the northern hemisphere. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between August 8 and 14, peaking about August 12. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches a hundred or more per hour.(from Wikipedia)

Because this shower is visible from any direction, it is best to pick out a darker patch of sky and simply wait for “shooting star”. At its peak, you can expect to see 60 per hour.

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2 thoughts on “Meteor Shower Weekend

  1. It should be noted that while the peak was the 12th, i saw a persied two weeks earlier. On the night of the 11th, i saw three meteors – but only one of these was a persied (i wasn’t trying too hard to see any – but i looked up for a few minutes while people were looking at things in my scope). There are over a half dozen showers that can be seen at the moment – from various sources. Meteors can be seen nearly any night. Best equipment is a blanket or a reclining chair. Binoculars or a scope will just reduce your field of view. The Leonids, in November, typically have more meteors, but it’s not nice and warm in the Northern Hemisphere then as it is in August. This year, the biggest meteor showers happen to lie near a new moon, so the dark skies are that much darker, and fainter meteors can be seen, so you get to see more of them.

  2. Hey, I’m Lori’s friend.. I tried to see this but our backyard has a small view of the sky plus we live too close to the lights of the city. I was bummed, but I’m looking forward to seeing the lunar eclipse tonight / early tomorrow morning, they said central time zone can see the main part starting around 4:30am, ending about an hour later. FYI. Fellow stargazers!

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