The Perseid meteor shower will attain its peak this week as the Earth passes via the particles left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle (nice identify, proper?).
The meteor shower began in mid-July however reaches its full brightness over the subsequent few days as the Earth passes via the particles between 11th August and 13th August.
The Perseid meteor shower is one among the brightest showers in the celestial calendar, with up to 100 taking pictures begins an hour to be seen in case you’re in the Northern hemisphere.
The precise meteors are small, no greater than a grain of sand, however we see them as they expend as they hit the environment – travelling at 36mps leaving a streak of sunshine in the sky.
The shower will probably be seen from north and south of the equator, however the finest view is north. So in case you’re in the United States, Europe and Canada you’ll see it finest.
The decrease hemisphere – Mexico, Central America, Asia, Africa and South America – will nonetheless have view.
In the event you get a transparent sky the shower is seen throughout the UK – right here’s how to watch.
How to watch the Perseid meteor shower in the UK
If now we have a transparent evening, which it appears it will probably be with this scorching climate, try to be ready to see the Perseid meteor shower at round 12am (midnight) UK time to 5.30am.
You possibly can see the meteor shower wherever you might be, however you possibly can optimise your viewing expertise.
Verify the climate beforehand as a transparent sky is finest – the days earlier than peak are higher to see the Perseid meteor shower than after so now could be your key time.
Cut back gentle air pollution (countryside, a park and so forth) or simply flip your again to the avenue lights. Let your eyes regulate too.
The radiant of the Perseids is at all times above the horizon in case you’re wanting in the UK – meaning try to be ready to see them when the Solar units. Perhaps begin to look early night onwards.
What’s the climate forecast?
Extra solar and warmth for now, however the Met Workplace has warned there will probably be thunderstorms and showers from mid week – so examine the forecast on the day in case you’re heading out to get a greater vantage level.
How to get the finest view of the Perseid meteor shower
In the event you decide a spot that has low gentle air pollution aka no streetlights you’ll get a greater view.
The countryside inevitably is a greater place to view them due to the diminished gentle air pollution, however a park may work simply as properly.
Give your eyes 15 minutes to regulate as astronomers suggest giving your self time to regulate your eyes to the darkish. (Principally, don’t take a look at your telephone!)
NASA really says not to use a telescope or binoculars as you possibly can see the shower with the bare eye.
Astronomers recommend the finest viewing expertise is exterior, in a darkish spot, mendacity in your again and searching up.
In the event you do need to take a photograph you’ll want a long-exposure shot, a number of seconds to a minute, and hold the digicam steady.
Why are they referred to as the Perseids and what causes it?
The Perseid meteor shower will get its identify as it seems to come out of the constellation Perseus. Astronomers name this the meteor shower’s radiant.
It’s one among the highlights of the meteor calendar due to the ease of seeing the streaks throughout the sky. The particles left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle hits Earth inflicting the gentle streaks we see in the sky.
What’s the distinction between a meteor, asteroid and a comet?
Asteroid – a big piece of rock from a collision or the early photo voltaic system. These are discovered between Mars and Jupiter in the Major Belt.
Comet – a rock lined in ice, methane and compounds. The orbit takes them additional into our photo voltaic system.
Meteor – this is the flash of sunshine in the environment when particles burns up.
Meteoroid – these are the particles itself, they have a tendency to be small and expend in the environment.
Meteorite – When a meteoroid makes it to earth we name it a meteorite.
Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites all usually comes from both a comet or asteroid.
Do you know?
- The Perseids get their identify from the constellation Perseus, who was the hero who beheaded the Gorgon Medusa and went on to marry Andromeda in the Greek Delusion. The paid had 9 youngsters – and the identify Perseids actually comes from the Greek phrase ‘Perseides’ which refers to Perseus’ descendants…so actually the meteors are all his youngsters.
- In Catholicism, the Perseids are identified as the ‘tears of St Lawrence’ as the peak typically matches the date when the saint was martyred.
- The Perseids are additionally linked with the god Priapus. The Romans believed he fertilised the fields every year on the date of the shower peak.
And in case you miss it – check out the many movies capturing the occasion. Right here’s one taken in Yosemite Nationwide Park in 2015.
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