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Post Info TOPIC: Perseid meteor shower 7 July - 24 August 2023 - Peak 12-13 August


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Perseid meteor shower 7 July - 24 August 2023 - Peak 12-13 August


The Perseid (Per-see-id) meteor shower is one of the highlights of many meteor hunters calendars due to its high hourly rate and bright meteors, caused by the Earth slamming into the debris left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle in July and August every year.

It is called the Perseids because the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Perseus. Astronomers call this point the meteor showers radiant.

Observers can look out for the shower wherever they are, but there are certain kinds of places that will increase your chances of spotting meteors.

Plan ahead and check the weather forecast. If it is likely to be inclement, find a different location or go out on a different day. The days leading up to the peak are usually better than the days after.

Reduce the amount of light pollution in your field of view. This could mean heading out to the countryside, a nearby park or even do something as simple as turning your back to street lamps if you are not able to go anywhere. Give your eyes at least 15 minutes to adjust to the dark so that you can catch more of the fainter meteors this does mean that you should not look at your phone!

Meteors can appear in any part of the sky so the more sky you can see the better. Find an area with a clear view of thehorizon and away from trees and buildings. Binoculars and telescopes are not necessary as they will restrict the size of the sky that will be visible to you.

The peak is about 100 per hour. Don't hold your breath. The guidance is a bit "nanny state" for me - but what can you expect. Good luck biggrin

 

    


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Haze and low cloud - hope it is better where you are. Not seen one this year.



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