Friday, August 10, 2012

Perseids reaching its pick on 11th, 12th and 13th of August

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The Perseid meteor shower is rising to its peak, as it does every year at this time. The peak mornings will be August 11, 12 and 13. August 12 might be the best morning. August 11 might be better than August 13.  

[ IMO observations  found the timing of the mean or "traditional" broad maximum varied between λ 139.8° to 140.3°, equivalent to 2012 August 12, 07h to 19h30m UT, (Nepali time: 12:45 hrs. to 01:15 hrs. next day morning)] (Source: International Meteor Organization-IMO)]

The Perseids should be a spectacular event because the Moon is in its waning crescent phase, so the light reflecting off its lunar surface should not interfere with the meteors traveling across our night sky.

The moon on those mornings will be near the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky. It’ll be a beautiful early morning scene.

You can see the meteors any time before this date, as they have been flying across the sky since about July 17. And they will remain visible until August 24. (Source:IMO)

The meteors within the Perseid meteor shower are material from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which has a 130-year orbit around the Sun.

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