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Post by Dragon Thu Aug 04, 2022 3:23 am



Usually bringing one of the most vivid annual meteor showers visible in Earth’s night sky, commonly delivering 50-100 “shooting stars” per hour at its height, the Perseids will peak Aug. 12 and 13.

There’s just one problem: the full Moon.

“Sadly, this year’s Perseids peak will see the worst possible circumstances for spotters,” said NASA astronomer Bill Cooke, who leads the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Most of us in North America would normally see 50 or 60 meteors per hour,” he said, “but this year, during the normal peak, the full Moon will reduce that to 10-20 per hour at best.”

The Moon is so much brighter than anything else in the night sky, and it will wash out all, but the very brightest Perseids as they streak through our atmosphere and burn up far overhead.


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Post by Dragon Thu Aug 04, 2022 3:26 am

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A shower of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in 2009 in this NASA time-lapse image.

As the full Moon subsides, the Perseids will begin to wane Aug. 21-22 and cease completely by Sept. 1.

They’re the debris remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle, a lumbering “snowball” composed of ice, rock, and dust, which orbits our Sun every 133 years.

The comet itself was last visible to us in 1992 and won’t pass our way again until 2125.


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Post by Dragon Thu Aug 04, 2022 3:27 am



Observations by NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, have captured an unprecedented change in the rotation of a comet.

Images taken in May 2017 reveal that comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak -- 41P for short -- was spinning three times slower than it was in March, when it was observed by the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona.

The abrupt slowdown is the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.


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