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Post by Dragon Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:55 am

It’s time again for one of the biggest meteor showers of the year! The Perseids are already showing up in our night skies—and when they peak in mid-August, it’s likely to be one of our most impressive skywatching opportunities for a while.

Our meteor-tracking cameras spotted their first Perseid on July 26, but your best chance to see them will start the night of Aug. 11.

With the crescent moon setting early, the skies will be dark for the peak viewing hours of midnight (local time) to dawn on Aug. 12.


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In this 30 second exposure taken with a circular fish-eye lens, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, and far away from light pollution, you might spot more than 40 Perseids an hour!


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Post by Dragon Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:22 am

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle.

The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

The stream of debris is called the Perseid cloud and stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift–Tuttle.

The cloud consists of particles ejected by the comet as it travels on its 133-year orbit.[5] Most of the particles have been part of the cloud for around a thousand years.

However, there is also a relatively young filament of dust in the stream that was pulled off the comet in 1865, which can give an early mini-peak the day before the maximum shower.


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Post by Dragon Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:25 am

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The radiant of Perseids lies in the constellation Perseus.


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Post by Dragon Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:51 am

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A near-Earth perspective of its orbit, the radiant of the Perseid meteor shower, and the orbit of the shower's parent comet, 109P/Swift-Tuttle, to show their spatial relationships on August 12 00:00 UTC.

The Perseid debris cloud is fairly wide (~0.1 AU), filling the frame.


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