The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight!! If you are like me and like to gaze at the stars you may want to sign up to Space Weather News to get e-mail updates on what’s happening in the sky. Here’s what Space Weather has to say about the Persied Meteor Shower.
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Perseid meteor shower is underway. Earth is passing through a wide stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, and each time a fleck of comet dust hits Earth’s atmosphere–flash!–there is a meteor. Forecasters say the shower will peak on Thursday, August 12th, and Friday, August 13th. You can see Perseids flitting across the sky at any time between about 10 pm on Thursday evening and sunrise on Friday morning. Observers who get away from city lights can expect to count dozens of meteors per hour, especially during the dark hours before dawn.
Tune into http://spaceweather.com for full coverage of the shower, including a live meteor radar, a “fireball cam,” updated meteor counts and pictures from around the world.
BONUS: If you go outside a little early on Thursday evening, around sunset, you’ll see a beautiful gathering of planets in the sunset sky–Venus, Mars, Saturn and the crescent Moon. It’s a nice way to start a meteor watch. Sky maps may be found at http://spaceweather.com.
So lets all keep our fingers crossed for clear skies over the next couple of nights.
Happy Star Gazing 🙂