Sunday, August 4, 2013

Coming soon, ready or not. The 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower: An Observer’s Guide.

The 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower: An Observer’s Guide

Universe Today reports: Get set for the meteoritic grand finale of summer. We can begin to see this annual meteor show during the second week of August. The expected peak is August 12.  

Northern hemisphere summer that is. As we head into August, our gaze turns towards that “Old Faithful” of meteor showers, the Perseids. Though summer is mostly behind us now, “meteor shower season” is about to get underway in earnest.
Pronounced “Pur-SEE-ids,” this shower falls around the second week of August, just before school goes back in for most folks. This time of year also finds many the residents of the northern hemisphere out camping and away from light-polluted suburban skies.

This year also offers a special treat, as the Moon will be safely out of the sky during key observation times. 

The best viewing will be in the hours just before daylight, so this is more of an early morning excursion than an all-nighter.  No equipment is needed to view the metor show other than possibly coffee for some. The best viewing will be found farther away from the suburban lights.

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Another great event to share with the family. Proof that sometimes good things do happen after midnight.

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