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Monday, August 11, 2008

The Perseids Meteor Shower 2 AM AUG. 12 for Determined Stargazers

The most famous meteor shower of all peaks the morning of August 12. The Perseids result when Earth runs into debris ejected over the eons by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. With warm weather typical this time of year, many observers camp out for the event. [Video]

Under ideal conditions, you may catch up to 90 meteors per hour at the peak. (If it's cloudy August 12, look for a decent show a day or two before and after.) [MORE]

The best time to view the Perseids comes after the gibbous Moon sets, around 1:30 A.M. local daylight time the morning of the peak. Watch especially near dawn, because this is when the chances of seeing a fireball are highest. Our view at dawn is head-on into the meteor stream, so the debris' impact velocity with Earth is higher and meteors tend to be brighter then.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting outside right now... Not one!!'

Anonymous said...

I've been staying up for 15 minutes now, staring out my window and it's cold.
I don't see one either.
It's already 2:15... omg...
and it's so cloudy. There is not even one star out there in the sky!!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to stay up this year. I hear it's spectacualar