Lyrids Meteor Shower

Perseids Meteor Shower

Perseid’s Meteor Shower

Will the sky be clear tonight or do you need to plan to drive somewhere? Tonight is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. perseid

WHO?

  • Anyone who loves meteor showers
  • Anyone who loves shooting stars
  • Anyone who has a wish to make
  • Anyone looking for a free date night idea
  • Anyone into astronomy

WHAT?

The Perseid Meteor Shower. This year they are predicting as many as 200 meteors an hour.

WHEN?

Tonight August 11th after 11 PM local time going until dawn on August 12th. The moon will set at 1 AM making viewing easier.

WHERE?

Look to the high North East. The Perseid shower radiates from the  constellation Perseus in the North.

HOW?

Plan to be outside for several hours. It takes 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.  Try to go somewhere dark for best viewing. Look to the North East. The meteors will radiate from the constelation Perseus in the North.

There are apps you can download to help you locate constellations.

You can view them on-line from 8PM EST until 1AM EST at Space.com 

WHY?

Perseid Meteor shower is from the Comet Swift-Turtle.  While the comet next fly by will be in 2126, the meteor shower is visible each August when the Earth passes through Swift-Turtle’s stream of debris.

BONUS

45 minutes after sunset to the Southwest Jupiter,  Mercury and Venus will be visible.

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courtesy NASA

You will be able to see  Saturn and Mars in the constellation Scorpius.

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courtesy NASA

If you bring good binoculars  or a telescope you should be able to see Uranus and Neptune in the constellation Aquarius.

Let me know if you get some good pictures! I would love to see them!

 


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