Watch the Perseids meteor shower

The Perseids Meteor Shower

One of the highlights of any year in astronomy, the Perseids meteor shower begins in late July and runs through till the latter half of August. The peak and best time to view though runs from evening of 11th into the morning of the 12th August in 2012.

Viewers will be helped by a waning crescent Moon then which will mean less light-pollution had it been a full Moon. You’ll also be treated to both Jupiter and Venus either side of that Moon.

These meteors appear to radiate from the constellation of Perseus (which is why they are given their name) and humans have been talking about them for over 2,000 years.

They are actually leftover debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle on its 130 year orbit of the Sun and you’ll see around 60 meteors per hour (also sometimes known as shooting stars) in all parts of the sky.

Click the image below to embiggen the view you can expect given clear night skies overnight 11th into 12th August 2012 from Glasgow, UK.

The Perseids meteor shower as viewed from Glasgow, UK 11th into 12th August 2012

The Perseids meteor shower as viewed from Glasgow, UK 11th into 12th August 2012. Made using Stellarium.

 

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