Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 9, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on August 11 to 13 this year. It is one of top meteor showers with possible peaks of over 60 meteors per hours. This year will have good views as the meteor shower peaks when the moon will be three days after the last quarter. (Last year a bright moon greatly interfered with viewing).

From Wikipedia on the Perseid Meteor Shower

The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.

 

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I remember as a child our family used to take a week long camping trip along the Nooksack River in August. We would bring our sleeping bags to the rivers bank and watch the meteor showers. Thank you for reminding me of a great memory!


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