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Perseid Meteor Shower Expected to Peak Tonight and Tomorrow

 
 

LETHBRIDGE: Over the weekend you may have noticed a more exciting than usual night sky, but that was just the start.

 

The annually occuring Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Monday and Tuesday night after 11 o'clock, with the best time to see it coming between 3 and 4-AM.

 

Communications Director for the Lethbridge Astronomy Society Janelle Marietta explains just what kind of a show you can expect, "We're generally thinking it's going to be 100 plus meteors per hour, so this is our best viewing time throughout the year, this is our best meteor shower to see. Generally speaking we see about 568 tracked fireballs within the Perseid, so it's the best show to see all year round."

 

Marietta also described how visible the shower will be, "Magnitude generally for the fireballs is about negative 2.7, the moon at its lowest magnitude is about negative 2.5, so it's going to be pretty bright. The fireballs will be very visible and it'll be a good opportunity to look up and check it out."

 

Marietta noted that Perseid has been visible for about 2000-years, and went over where it comes from, "Meteor showers are caused by comets, this particular meteor shower is caused by a comet called Swift-Tuttle. Basically what happens is the Earth is passing through the trail of debris that's left behind by the comet, so what we're actually seeing is the dust and debris hitting our atmosphere and burning up in front of us."

 

Of course Marietta pointed out that while you will be able to see the shower inside city limits, getting out into the country will give you your best view throughout the night.

 

To learn more about the Perseid meteor shower, visit http://www.space.com/22245-perseid-meteor-shower-fireball-champion.html



Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 4/24/2014 11:15:28 AM
Source: Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles on Twitter)-- Country 95 News------Photo of Perseid shower from www.space.com
 
 
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