Perseid meteor shower next week


This video from the USA says about itself:

NASA | What’s Up for August 2015

What’s Up for August. The best Perseid meteor shower in years! And view all the current and former planets this month!

Transcript:

What’s Up for August. The best Perseid meteor shower in years! And view all the current and former planets this month!

Hello and welcome. I’m Jane Houston Jones from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

August’s Perseid meteor shower peaks just after midnight on a moonless mid-August night. It should put on a great show this year. A good number of meteors should be visible near Perseus every night from late July through August 24. However, you’ll see fewer meteors before and after the peak. Look towards the familiar constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus in the northeast. They rise soon after sunset, but you’ll want to wait til they are higher in the sky to see the most meteors. The best meteor watching hour is 4 a.m. Eastern or 1 a.m. Pacific time on the morning of August 13, when up to 100 meteors per hour may be visible from a dark sky.

There’s also a chance to spot all the planets, plus former planets Pluto, Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas this month! But you’ll have to observe from dusk to dawn.

From EarthSky.org in the USA:

Aug 02, 2015

Everything you need to know: Perseid meteor shower

In N. Hemisphere, August’s Perseid meteor shower ranks as a favorite. You can see these meteors from S. Hemisphere, too. 2015 is a great year for this shower!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year. This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation. And what could be more luxurious than taking a siesta in the heat of the day and watching this summertime classic in the relative coolness of night?

No matter where you live worldwide, the 2015 Perseid meteor shower will probably be fine on the mornings of August 11, 12, 13 and 14, with the nod going to August 13. On a dark, moonless night, you can often see 50 or more meteors per hour from northerly latitudes, and from southerly latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, perhaps about one-third that many meteors.

Fortunately, in 2015, the waning crescent moon comes up shortly before sunrise, so you’re guaranteed of dark skies for this year’s Perseid meteor shower. Thus, on the Perseids’ peak mornings, moonlight will not obscure this year’s Perseid meteors. Follow the links below to learn more.

When and how should I watch the Perseid meteor shower in 2015?

General rules for Perseid-watching.

What’s the source of the Perseid meteor shower?

What is the radiant point for the Perseid meteor shower?

See also here.

Nothing beats the stress of daily life like packing up some gear and leaving town to enjoy quiet nature under a kaleidoscope of stars. Before heading to the campground, find out the latest interstellar news with the Nat Geo Starstruck blog, and read up on ten tips for how to become an expert camper. If pitching a tent isn’t your thing, learn how to turn your car into a camper, or check out three great spots for glamping. Wherever you sleep, stare up at the brilliant night sky and ponder the astounding density of neutron stars or an emerging quadruple-star system. Catch some fireflies and watch how scientists finally figured out how they glow. Upon your reentry to society, explore a star photo gallery for a colorful new desktop wallpaper—inspiration until your next escape.

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