Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower in 2015: Meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12 and 13. A new moon on August 14, 2015 will create perfect conditions for watching the meteor shower.

When Can I See the Perseids?

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occur every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.

The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.

Sunrise and Sunset in my City
Comet Swift-Tuttle

Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the direction, or radiant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same direction as the constellation Perseus, which can be found in the north-eastern part of the sky.

While the skies light up several time a year by other meteor showers , the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers. This is because at its peak, one can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.

Where Can I See the Perseids?

The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you).

While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location.

NOTE: Table below changes every day to show the coming night's location
Perseids meteor shower for Asheville (Night between Aug 11 and Aug 12)
Tue 9:00 PM14°North-northeast6.4°
Tue 10:00 PM21°North-northeast10.0°
Tue 11:00 PM27°North-northeast15.0°
Midnight Tue-Wed33°North-northeast21.1°
Wed 1:00 AM37°Northeast28.0°
Wed 2:00 AM40°Northeast35.6°
Wed 3:00 AM41°Northeast43.5°
Wed 4:00 AM39°Northeast51.4°
Wed 5:00 AM34°Northeast58.7°
Wed 6:00 AM22°North-northeast64.6°
Direction to see the Perseids in the sky:
  • Azimuth is the direction, based on true north, a compass might show a slightly different value.
  • Altitude is height in degrees over horizon.

Set your location

How to Watch Meteor Showers

Check the weather: Meteors, or shooting stars, are easy to spot, all you need is clear skies and a pair of eyes.
Get out of town: Find a place as far away as possible from artificial lights
Prepare to wait: Bring something to sit or lie down on. Star gazing is a waiting game, so get comfortable.

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