Astronomy - Perseid Meteor Shower!

Astronomy - Perseid Meteor Shower!

August 11 thru 13 is the peak! Do not miss this!
The Perseid Meteor shower, an annual event, is underway. No, don't worry, you haven't missed it...yet.
It, like most meteor showers, occurs over a range of days, but we tell you the time of peak activity...when the Earth is going through the heaviest debris in the middle of the debris trail. That time, is August 11-13 this year. We are fortunate that a crescent moon will set by Midnight, making the skies darker, improving odds of seeing more. The shower is so named because it APPEARS to eminate out of the constellation, Perseus. The showers are best seen away from city lights, after Midnight. They usually average between 50-100 per hour, but in years of a meteor STORM (when the comet has recently made it pass, refreshing the debris trail), you could double those numbers.

The shower is the second biggest of the calendar year, but because the other happens in the dead of Winter for us (early January), this is the best opportunity to sit outside, and stare.

So, my advice is simple: make a date with your lovey-dovey-tenderoni...don't explain the "what"...just take lawn chairs, bring beverages, give your eyes 15 minutes to acclimate to darkness, and make a late-night-date to sit and stare and ponder the universe together. Trust me, you can go from being a zero to a hero in minutes with this idea :)

Here are some fast facts about the event:
-Comet of origin: Swift-Tuttle
-Radiant: Constellation Perseus
-Active: July 17 thru Aug 24, 2013
-Peak activity: Aug 11-13
-Peak activity meteor count: up to 100/hr
-Meteor velocity: 37 miles/second!

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