Perseids August 2014

By: Susie77 , 12:22 PM GMT on August 06, 2014

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August 10-13, 2014 before dawn, the Perseids

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of
the year for the Northern Hemisphere, though it’ll have to contend with a
bright waning gibbous moon
in 2014. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to
100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the
Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm. The
Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into
midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before
dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero,
but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know
Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of
the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently
leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids
to peak around August 10-13. Predicted peak mornings in 2014: August
11, 12 and 13. The Perseids combine with the Delta Aquarid shower
(above) to produce a dazzling display of shooting stars on what are, for
us in the N. Hemisphere, warm summer nights. In 2014, as always, the
Perseid meteors will be building to a peak from early August until the
peak nights; afterwards, they drop off fairly rapidly. Best time of
night is always late night until dawn. In 2014, there will be major
interference from the waning gibbous moon on the peak nights. So try
observing in late July and early August, as the Delta Aquarids are
flying and the Perseid shower is building. Give the mornings of the
peak a try as well, as some bright Perseids will probably be able to
overcome the moon-drenched skies.

Everything you need to know: Perseid meteor shower

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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:38 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
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6. Susie77
8:24 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Oh, yeah, that.... you probably have to get a new account. Not sure how that works. Wishes for good viewing tonight!
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5. EdwardinAlaska
1:29 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
No longer in Alaska. I just moved back to Florida after living in Anchorage for a long time. No idea how to change my user name to remove the Alaska part....
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4. Susie77
12:06 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Thanks for the report, Edward! Glad you got to see some. Where in AK are you?
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3. EdwardinAlaska
9:45 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
My sleep cycle is kind of a wreck right now. We've gone out at various times the past couple nights to watch for meteors. Last night / this morning was wonderful. We didn't get to see the moonrise last night because of large clouds way out on the eastern horizon, but the upside was that there was a fantastic lightning display going on out there that lit the clouds, seemingly from within. Between 3 and 5 this morning the skies were clear and the meteors were doing their thing. I love the Perseids, particularly because many of the meteors have such a long "hang time" so you can still see them when you notice them in your peripheral vision. Probably 20 to 30 per hour were visible, despite the moon. We'll try again tonight and see if there are still some good ones after the peak is passed. Fingers crossed for mostly clear skies.
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2. Susie77
11:12 AM GMT on August 08, 2014
You're welcome. Yeah, the super moon is going to wash out all but the brightest Perseids. Good luck though -- watching from the beach sounds amazing!
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1. EdwardinAlaska
12:15 AM GMT on August 08, 2014
I'll be watching from the east coast of Florida, near Daytona. I was hoping to watch the Perseids from the beach but it looks like with the moonrise times during the peak nights there's going to be a ton of moonlight at midnight. (Isn't this supposed to be a "super" full moon as well?) I'm wondering if I should just try to get out there around 3 a.m. when the moon has moved more to the west.
Thanks for the post, Susie77.
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