Sky Watch: The Perseids Are Coming

Monday, August 10, 2009

From NASA: Earth is entering a stream of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, the source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although the shower won't peak until August 11th and 12th, the show is already getting underway.

Earth passes through the densest part of the debris stream sometime on August 12th. Then, you could see dozens of meteors per hour.

For sky watchers in North America, the watch begins after nightfall on August 11th and continues until sunrise on the 12th.

On August 12th, the 55% gibbous moon will glare down from the constellation Aries just next door to the shower's radiant in Perseus. The Moon is beautiful, but be careful not to stare at it. Bright moonlight interferes with night vision and it will wipe out any faint Perseids in that part of the sky.

Check here and here for more info.

Anonymous said...

i already have severe myopia and night vision of one of the eye is!!

great info..

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Nina said...

That is pretty cool! I am not one to watch this stuff but I am sure I will find my husband outside.

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The Four Week Vegan said...

Cool - maybe we will stay up late and get the telescope out.


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