2013 perseid meteor shower
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Science.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will make its appearance in the night sky starting this weekend – with possibly up to 50-100 meteoroids shooting through the sky per hour. It’s caused by the Earth passing through dust debris left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle; which last swept past the planet in 1992.

The Perseids, which produces more fireballs than any other annual meteor shower, will be particularly good this year owing to an early-setting crescent Moon after midnight. The peak of the shower will occur Aug. 11-12 and 12-13.

According to Bill Cooke, head of US space agency NASA’s meteoroid office, the best time for viewing will be the hours just before dawn on Monday and Tuesday.

“Go outside, allow about 30-45 minutes for your eyes to dark adapt. Lie flat on your back (sleeping bag or lawn chair) and look straight up: take in as much of the sky as you can,” he told the AFP.

“My experience is that most people who are disappointed viewing meteors go out for only a few minutes expecting to see something: this will work only for major outbursts not normal meteor showers. So be prepared to spend at least a couple of hours outside; don’t expect to see many before midnight.”

Here are some additional tips for enjoying the show:

Check out a cool video of the Perseids in action below.

 

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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