Perseids, Delta Aquarids: Summer Meteor Shower Peak Weekend
The Perseid meteor shower, being planned, began on July 17, when the Earth crosses the path of comet Swift-Tuttle, but the shower known for its bright meteors of fire and will not surpass August 12.
If the eyes are a feast with meteors before they could be part of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which began last week, it continues until August 13 and 29 of the peaks on July 30.
If you look at Maryland, Washington and Virginia on Saturday night, you can see meteors when the clouds disappear after two days of torrential rain. It is most likely even better on Sunday afternoon, when the National Weather Service offers clear especially nighttime temperatures throughout the region.
Watch the Delta Aquarid meteor shower as a warm-up for a Perseides act. This show is so dependable and ooh-and-ahh worthy that the stars provide around them with camping trips and trekking in dark meadows.
NASA meteorite expert Bill Cooke advises star observers to give their eyes about 30 minutes to get accustomed to the darkness and then settle for a few hours during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.
Those who are patient will be rewarded, he told himself, and indicated that at a rate of 150 meteors per hour, the viewers turn into two or three minutes – low strokes of light that generate other fireballs.
The previous show produces about 20 meteors per hour at its peak and is considered as a mean meteor. A crescent moon will set when they will know, dropping the dark sky for Delta Aquarid meteor shower late at night and morning, according seasky.org.
The meteor shower of the Perseids, the main act is good up to 150 meteors per hour, according to space.com. This year, a diminution of the moon gibbée – which looks less than half, but more than half illuminated – could block some of the lower meteors, but Perseides are so brilliant that you should always look to capture the show. The meteors radiate from the constellation Perseus, but you can see, no matter where you look in the sky.
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Perseid Peak August 12 occurs when the Earth traverses the densest and densest region of Swift-Tuttle’s broad trajectory – about 16 miles wide at its base, according to space.com.
The last time it happened near Earth was during its orbit of the sun in 1992, something that will not happen again until 2126. The comet itself is a rare event, but annual meteor shower is a bright spot.
Meteors are pieces of comet debris that heat when they enter the atmosphere and burn in a flash of bright light spreads up to the sky up to 37 miles per second, according to space.com.
Most Perseids meteors are so small – they are the size of a grain of sand – they never become “meteorites” that fall to Earth.