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Perseid Meteor Shower | 2014

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Perseid Meteor Shower | 2014It’s the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is the glittery result of Earth’s passage through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, so you should expect to see meteor rates as high as 100 per hour  - as long as you are away from light pollution and the clouds stay away.

2014 Perseid Meteor Shower
Late Late nights of August 10-12, 2014 | Midnight to dawn

You want to do your meteor-watching earlier than usual in 2014 because the full supermoon – largest supermoon this year – comes on August 10, and its light will interfere with your meteor count during the peak nights. Start watching now. Remember, you’ll catch more meteors after midnight than before. The predawn hours are ideal. As in every year, two meteor showers converge around now to give us what we in the north hemisphere consider, in most years, our best meteor displays.

At the Perseids’ 2014 peak (around August 12), meteor rates will be higher, but there will be more moon in the sky, and it’ll drown many meteors in its glare. On the other hand, the Perseids are known to produce more fireballs than any other annual shower, and a fireball in the light of a bright supermoon will be a beautiful sight.

Read more at earthsky.org

Viewing Tips
1) Get away from bright lights and go to a high elevation
2) Give yourself at least 15 minutes in darkness to allow your eyes to adjust
3) The best viewing begins after midnight with better viewing after the moon wanes and tends to hit its peak right before dawn 

 


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