Perseid meteor shower 2017: When and where to watch

Shaji Manshad  Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

If the sky permits, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said the famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed during its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13. Saadoun noted that the Perseids meteors enter the Earth atmosphere at a speed of 59 kilometer per second, and gets burnt at about 80 kilometers from the planet surface.

Guaranteed they'll have an excellent view point and the group provides telescopes.

Astronomy Ireland say that the best time to spot the display is between 1am and dawn on August 12. "The Perseids tend to be fairly rich in fireballs and tend to be bright".

Hey, at least the meteoric blasts of fake news about the meteor shower has been an impressive opening act.




While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location. Perseus is just north of the W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia in the Milky Way, with the bright star Capella and the Pleiades star cluster below it. Meteors near the radiant will have short trails because we see them almost straight on, while those far from the radiant will look longer because they are seen from the side. The resulting heat momentarily creates a streak of glowing air that we see as a meteor.

This year's meteor shower comes a little more than a week before the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse that will be visible across North America. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every July and August as the Earth crashes through ancient debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet-tail. NASA says they're expecting about 150 meteors per hour. Hendricks said the Saturday night sky, though cloudy and possibly stormy at first, should clear up by midnight.

"Lots of people head out to their hammocks or sprawl out on a sandy beach or grassy lawn, talk quietly, check their phones, and share a few laughs to the shower's paired rhythms spells of sweet languor punctuated by sudden bursts of meteoric excitement". I like a reclining lawn chair, a warm coat, and camera at my side just waiting for that jaw-dropping javelin of light.

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