Meteor Shower tonight??
can i see the meteor shower tonight in the united states? if so where?
- You can see it in an area that doesn't have too much city lights. Just look up for at least 15 minutes until your eyes get used to the darkness and you'll slowly start seeing them.00
- Look toward the Northeastern sky..Toward the constellation perseus, or slightly to the right of the North star. Thats where they will be originating from...I saw some last night which came from the North and flew across overheard..Im going out again tonight.. Steve USA00
- the perfect viewing situations are at 12:00 am to 5:00 am the following day morning. attempt to locate a niche with a solid view of the sky and minimum easy pollutants including highway lamps or residences with lights furniture on. you need to additionally probable be exterior to view the meteors.00
- Well, ..., yes you can. See the writeup below on how to observe tonight's meteor shower.
The Perseids are shaping up to be a good meteor shower this year. We actually began entering the debris cloud left by comet Swift-Tuttle on August 3rd and there have already been reports of fire balls and heightened activity starting with the 3rd. So, we may be in for a real treat this year. In addition to the Perseids, on the 12th there will be a very apparent quadruple conjunction (just after sunset) of the crescent moon, Venus, Mars, and Saturn. Mercury and the star Regulus (in Leo) will be very close to the horizon so you may be able to pick them out as well. If you can see all 6 objects in conjunction that would be great. A conjunction like that just doesn’t happen very often. It should be a beautiful sight to behold. Look west just after sunset (See www.spaceweather.com) and you should be able to see them easily with the naked eye.
From all reports the Perseids are in good position for the US for 2010. The debris cloud that we’ve entered this year appears to be fairly deep. As I said, there’s already be a lot of activity and we’re still 2 days away from peak. So that means the 11th, 12th, and 13th should all be good nights to observe the meteor shower but especially the 12th. Perseus is rising about 9PM on the 12th in the North East. You want to look at the region between Cassiopeia (Looks like a W or M, in the sky) and Perseus (directly below Cassiopeia looks sort of like an italic K). This is where the radiant (meteors appear to come from the radiant) will occur. As Perseus climbs higher in the night sky and the moon falls below the horizon you should begin to see some action with the peak occurring between 2:00AM and 4:30AM. Typically 50 meteors per hour are expected at peak, however, the Perseids have either been much less or a lot more. In 1993 the rate was off the charts at an estimated 200 – 500 per hour over Europe. So I’m hoping this year will be a good year for the US. Now if the weather will only hold!
As always, the best way to see the shower is to get a way from town to a place where you can view the shower without the annoyance of city lights. Get some adjustable lawn chairs that fold all the way back. Take some bug repellent with you so you won’t be eaten alive and a throw in case it gets cool late in the evening. Make it an enjoyable evening by having snacks on hand, plenty of coffee brewing, invite some friends to join you, and just lay back and enjoy the show.
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