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The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is already underway and will peak during the August 11-13 period. It is usually the year’s most prolific display with an average of about one meteor per minute for keen eyed observers near the peak. The Perseids are remnants of the Comet Swift-Tuttle and have been observed for about two thousand years.
The radiant is in the constellation Perseus. Meteors are equally likely to be seen anywhere in the sky, but their tails point back toward the radiant. The global peak this year is expected around 19 hr UT (14 hr CDT) on August 12. During the shower Perseus rises around 21 hr local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes. The shower should be prominent from that time until morning twilight.
During the peak period the Moon will be a waxing crescent setting before midnight. It should not provide much distraction.
I’ve created a schedule for major meteor showers during this decade. It includes Moon illumination information. It can be seen at CurtRenz.com/asteroids.html
Descriptions and perhaps lucky photos of the meteors would be welcome additions to this thread.
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2015 12:12:45 GMT -6 by Centaur
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Aug 6, 2013 10:57:01 GMT -6
Just hoping for clear skies this weekend. Planning to spend all night Saturday/Sunday at Conway, Sunday night with the CA crew near Adler, and Monday night back at Conway for public Perseid observing. Might stay out all night Monday/Tuesday. Hope to see a whole lot of pieces of Swift-Tuttle. (I like Taylor Swift, but how did she get a comet named for her)?
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