Perseids Peak Tonight

Perseids shooting star

The Perseids in 2007 (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight (Saturday, August 11th, 2012) , just a little after midnight, U.S. EDT.

As long as the weather holds up in your particular locale, conditions should be excellent: The moon only begins to rise around 1AM EDT, and is in waning crescent phase, so moon light shouldn’t interfere very much with viewing (the moon will also be in conjunction with Jupiter tonight, with Venus just below, for your added viewing pleasure).

Experts are predicting, on average, about one meteor sighting per minute.

Here’s a great article I’ve found which provides much astronomical background information, and cites the best viewing locations across the continental United States.

Also, if you’re a truly dedicated enthusiast, you might want to consider giving NASA a hand in counting shooting stars.

So, happy viewing! Hope everyone manages to get out there to see it.

Postscript

Alas, we had nothing but clouds and rain in our area. But here’s a great image of the Perseids against the background of the Milky Way. This is from NASA’s APOD (Astronomical Picture of the Day) collection, for August 14th, 2012:

Perseids and Milky Way

Perseids and Milky Way (source: NASA APOD)

“Creative people know no bounds when the universe serves as their daily muse” – Neil deGrasse Tyson (via @neiltyson)

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My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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One Response to Perseids Peak Tonight

  1. John Poole says:

    Hello, Zannificence,

    Yes, I stayed up, but the skies were thickly overcast with rain clouds (it rained heavily later on, in the early morning hours), so saw nothing. Though even had the skies been clear, I lack the level of camera sophistication (time lapse, wide angle, etc.) to have captured any of this, so photographs would not have been possible in my case.

    ~ Pooley

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