The Perseid Meteor Shower is my absolute favorite! The peak occurs yearly in August yearly, which jogs my memory of many nights spent wrapped up at nighttime, sipping sizzling chocolate round a fireplace pit with good mates and watching our lovely sky.
Please word, each 12 months, I’ve seen a number of social media articles and hyperlinks being bandied round which can be saying this bathe is as soon as in a lifetime, not occurring once more till 2026 and so forth. That merely isn’t true and the data in these articles is inaccurate. The Perseids occur yearly.
As its nonetheless summer time right here within the UK, its usually heat sufficient to only lie out on a blanket and watch the celebrities. I keep in mind being within the Center East one 12 months, out at a resort in the course of the Omani desert ~ I floated across the pool for 2 hours on my again, watching probably the most superb Perseid Shower I’ve ever seen. Being out within the desert, there was no mild air pollution at 2am and no moon that 12 months both. The present was merely breathtaking!
It’s the largest, most seen bathe for the Northern Hemisphere and is seen within the Southern Hemisphere too, though solely a 3rd of the bathe may be seen from that Southern angle ~ nonetheless, that’s nonetheless an terrible lot of meteors!
This 12 months, the final quarter Moon casts a bit of sunshine into the sky, so the most effective viewing occasions are early hours of the morning from eighth – 14th August 2020.
The Perseids is a meteor bathe that builds progressively to a particular peak ~ we’ll usually see 50-100 meteors in a darkish sky through the peak viewing nights, that are 11-12 August this 12 months, though the bathe lasts in totality from mid July to 24 August. The Perseids are likely to develop in numbers between midnight and daybreak, so we’ll often see probably the most meteors within the dark hours simply earlier than the solar rises. This bathe is available in suits and begins, so we have to watch the sky for not less than an hour between midnight and daybreak with a purpose to see probably the most meteors as there can be spurts of exercise, then a lull, then one other spurt.
The Perseids radiate from some extent within the constellation Perseus (the Hero), though this bathe can seem wherever within the sky ~ the meteors are often very vivid and fast-paced, usually leaving trails behind as they burn by our ambiance. The best option to discover the radiant level of this meteor bathe is to seek out the constellation of stars that make a ‘W’ form within the sky, referred to as Cassiopia ~ often towards the North East. When you’ve discovered the W, drop right down to wherever beneath that and also you’ll have the approximate radiant level. The above image might assist 🙂
Additionally preserve a watch out for what astronomers name an earthgrazer – an extended, rambling, colourful meteor that travels horizontally throughout the sky. Earthgrazer meteors are uncommon, however superb to look at. Perseid earthgrazers can solely seem mid-evening, when the radiant level of the bathe is near the horizon.
What creates this meteor bathe is the Earth passing by the particles path left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. When the comet passes shut between the solar and earth, the solar warms up and softens the ice particles within the comet, which releases extra materials and comet ‘rubble’ into the path.
We’re presently passing by the Delta Aquarid meteor bathe too, which crosses over with the Perseids and creates extra possibilities of seeing taking pictures stars wherever within the evening sky in August.
On an brisk stage, meteor showers are stated to encourage and push us forwards ~ they energise a few of us and irritate or tire out others. Preserve an in depth eye on the calendar dates this month as if you end up experiencing surprising moods or feelings, there’s fairly seemingly one thing occurring astrologically and energetically.
Time to get out in nature and luxuriate in some star gazing!!
With a lot love
Photograph credit score for the primary pic goes to Jack Fusco who took the image throughout 2013’s Perseid bathe