Kingsport Times-News: Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower?

Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower?

J. H. Osborne • Aug 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM

What is the Perseid meteor shower?

“The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August, and its fame comes from the fact that it reliably has the brightest and most numerous meteors. Even if the viewing conditions aren’t the best, you’re likely to spot some meteors during the maximum nights of the Perseid meteor shower each year.”

When is the Perseid meteor shower?

Each year from about July 23 to Aug. 22, but the shower peaks, with the most meteors per hour, on the night of Aug. 11, 12, or 13.

When is the best time to see it this year?

The 2018 Perseid meteor shower is projected to peak the night of Sunday, Aug. 12, and the predawn hours of Monday, Aug. 13. The best viewing time: between midnight and dawn,  when more than 50 meteors per hour will streak across the night sky.

How easy will it be to see?

A new moon on Aug. 11, just night before the shower’s peak, means that the moon won’t be bright enough to wash out the meteors. Even the dimmest of meteors should be visible, assuming you can find a sufficiently dark place to watch from.

Look where?

“The Perseid shower is named for the constellation Perseus, which is its radiant. A radiant is the point of origin of the meteor shower, so the Perseid meteors will appear to be traveling away from the constellation Perseus in the night sky. Locating Perseus might therefore help you to see as many meteors as possible.”

Can't stay up that night?

The show might not be quite as grand on Aug. 11 and Aug.13, but it will still be a treat.

SOURCE: The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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