Perseid Meteor Shower to Light Up Sky August 11-13th
Perseid Meteor Shower Visible August 11-13, 2012
Stargazers around the world will be able to watch the Perseid meteor showers from August 11-13, provided you get lucky with cloudless nights. The best viewing time will be late-night August 12 through early morning August 13. As seen from around the world, the waning crescent moon will rise later on August 12 than on August 11, and, on the morning of August 13, although you’re slightly past the peak, the moon will rise later still. On any of those mornings, moonlight shouldn’t be so overwhelming as to ruin the show.
Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear to come lies in the constellation of Perseus. The name derives in part from the word Perseides, a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.
Perseid Meteor Trivia:
- These meteors travel 37 miles per second!
- The best time to view will be 2 a.m. on Sunday.
- The weather in Montclair, so far, is predicted to be clear, so you should have a good view.
- The Perseid Meteors are cast-offs of the Swift-Tuttle comet, according to Space.com.
- The shower began July 23, and will peak on Saturday night.
- Look toward the Perseus constellation, which forms an inverted "Y" shape and is in the northeast.
- Some of the meteroids are as small as a grain of sand, but they have the kinetic energy of a nuclear bomb!
- If you see a very slow, bright object sailing across the sky, it's either a satellite or a Space Station.
Where to View the Perseid Meteor Shower
You don't need any special equipment to see the shower, but being away from city lights may help you see it better.