The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

13 Agosto, 2018, 04:39 | Author: Enrique Watson
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The Perseid shower will peak between the night of Saturday, August 11 and the morning of Monday, August 13. The Perseids showcase more bright meteors than any other annual meteor shower. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky! Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle. Wherever you are this weekend, keep in mind to look up.

This year, the Perseids shower will last overall from August 10 to 14, with the peak taking place this weekend.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

The live stream post is now pinned to the top of the NASA page.

The Perseids start to appear at night from around mid-July when Earth approaches the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

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How can you see the Perseids if the weather doesn't cooperate where you are?

The particles reach high speeds when entering Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate on their way to the ground, leaving a trace of light.

Tiny pieces of debris that are around the size of sand grains hit the earth's atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour, causing a fantastical meteor shower each year.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

Following the same convention, the Geminid meteors in December are called after their Gemini Constellation radiant and the Ursid meteor shower is named after the constellation Ursa Minor.

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