Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

11 Août, 2018, 07:36 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

Even if you find ideal urban viewing conditions, there are a lot of other factors that can affect whether you see meteors, including whether the sky is clear and the properties of meteors themselves.

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower.

He said the meteor activity has been ongoing for more than two weeks and will continue for about another week.

The Perseids arrive each year in the night skies when the Earth passes through the cosmic trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn.

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Meteors in general are small particles of dust - some as small as grains of sand - entering the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so. They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower. It's best seen in dark skies after 10pm, with more meteors closer to dawn. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness so that you can best see the faint, quick streaks from the meteor shower, so be patient.

Perseid meteor travel at 132,000 mph, or over 36 miles per second.

The photographs show the meteors leaving a stream of bright lights in their wake as they break through the atmosphere. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. The weekend looks warm and muggy with plenty of sunshine, though a few folks could see an isolated T'storm on Saturday afternoon and night.

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