Monday, August 12, 2013

Did you know: The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is tonight?

Perseid meteor (8/12/09)
by Nick Ares
It is believed that humans around the world have observed the Perseid meteor show every year from around July 17th to August 24th for at least 2,000 years. The best time to see this years shower will likely be from the late evening on August 12th to the morning of August 13th when as many as 60 meteors an hour could be seen.

Meteors are the result of small particles that enter the atmosphere which heat the air around them resulting in the characteristic streak of light. The material for these meteors comes from the Comet Swift-Tuttle but in the night sky the comets appear to originate from the constellation of Perseus hence the name Perseid.

In order to best see the shower you should get away from city lights, if possible, then get comfortable in a reclining chair and look up! Unlike other celestial events your eyes are the best tool for viewing a meteor shower.