Watch for the Perseids---August 12, 13, 14

Watch for the Perseids---August 12, 13, 14

The Perseid meteors are one of the highlights of summer.  Remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Earth passes through this debris field every August, a reliable annual event  lighting up August nights.  On a good clear night, over 100 meteors have been reported in an hour!

This meteor shower also comes at peak vacation time in the Northern Hemisphere. Many people plan camping trips to see the spectacular sight of meteors streaking across the sky.  Cooler nights and clear skies are wonderful for skywatching.

The Perseid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, which rises in the northeast around 11 p.m. in mid-August.  You can read more about the Perseid meteors at Universe Today here  and at EarthSky here..

Dark skies are best for watching the Perseids,  but very bright  meteors can  be seen even with the city lights.  The lakefront could offer a fine view.

Peak dates for the Perseids this year are August 12, 13, and 14.   The best time to look for them is  between midnight and dawn.  This year, the moon is a thin waning crescent  so moonlight won’t overwhelm the meteor shower.  Bring binoculars if you wish, but you don’t really need them.  Don’t forget  a sweatshirt and some snacks.  Enjoy the show!

You can also  watch a webcast of the Perseid meteors on Wednesday night (August 12) courtesy of NASA and Space.com. Here  is the link.  In addition to the sky show, there will  be commentary from meteor experts from the American Meteor Society.

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  • At eleven p.m. I am lying in bed
    My eyelids are shut down my body is dead.

    But tonight I will somehow force my two eyelids
    To stay open and let in the bright Perseids.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    May I suggest the predawn hours
    that's the best time for meteor showers!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I'm not averse to it.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Beware though--a green meteor shower started "Day of the Triffids"

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Should I handle this like Perseus did Medusa?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    It would be epic...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    "Epic" poetry is here, indeed.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Oh, don't lose your head about it!

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