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Perseids Meteor Shower 2010: Astronomers Shares Tips on Watching

Written by: on 12th August 2010 |
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Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight August 12 – One of the best meteors show to observe which produces about 60 meteors per hour at their peak will be witnessed worldwide from August 11-13, 2010. The best date to watch is at its peak tonight, August 12 and the morning of August 13.

The Perseids Meteor Shower 2010 started July 23, 2010 and is expected to end by August 22, 2010. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Since the thin, crescent moon will be out of the way, observers will be seeing a potentially spectacular Perseids Meteor shower show.

If you will be out looking for the Perseids Meteor Shower, look to the northeast after midnight. The activity of this particular meteor shower always increases sharply after midnight. The best time to watch will be around 2:00am until daybreak of your local time, that is if the weather presents a clear sky.

A veteran astronomer shares us some tips on how to watch and enjoy watching the Perseids Meteor Shower 2010.

Making a meteor count is as simple as lying in a lawn chair or on the ground and marking on a clipboard whenever a “shooting star” is seen. Watching for the Perseids consists of lying back, gazing up into the stars, and waiting. It is customary to watch the point halfway between the radiant (which will be rising in the northeast sky) and the zenith, though it’s perfectly all right for your gaze to wander.

Counts should be made on several nights before and after the predicted maximum, so the behavior of the shower away from its peak can be determined. Usually, good numbers of meteors should be seen on the preceding and following nights as well. The shower is generally at one-quarter strength one or two nights before and after maximum.

Besides the Perseids Meteor shower you might also see three bright planets tightly clustered together just after sunset. The planets Venus, Mars and Saturn can be spotted easily in he southwestern sky as soon as darkness falls.

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