Meteor shower dazzles PH skies this weekend

11 August, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Ora Austin
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"The Perseids appear to produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower, where fireballs are extra bright meteors", Caitlin Ahrens, an astronomer at the University of Arkansas, told Gizmodo.

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

Catching a sight of this meteor shower is an absolutely phenomenal experience as Johann Nishant, an astrophotographer who captured the meteor shower a year ago, describes it.

The meteor shower, which looks like a fireball show, will be clearer and more handsome if viewed from dark places.

The shower, which runs from July 17 to August 27, reaches it's peak this weekend, August 12, although you'll still get excellent visibility on August 11 and 13.

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When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky. "Even though this particular meteor shower happens every year, not a lot of people get to see it". 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.

Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.

Last year's Perseids excelled with 200 meteors an hour.

Perseids are are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. And as head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at Marshall Space Flight Center, he ought to know. A half to a three-quarters moon Saturday night may interfere with the view, and forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy skies Saturday night into Sunday morning in the Omaha area.


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    Perseids occurs normally every year in August with a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60km per second speed. The best way to see it would be to watch the sky from a wide, open space - away from trees and tall buildings.

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