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