Thursday, August 4, 2011

Perseids Meteor Shower 2011

The 2011 Perseids Meteor Shower is expected to be at its peak on August 12th and 13th in the hours before dawn, but meteors will be visible in the days prior. Viewing is best in the Northern Hemisphere.

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. Unfortunately for us, the peak of this year's Perseids Meteor Shower coincides with August's full moon. The best viewing for this meteor shower might occur earlier in August, before the moon is so bright - thus the early posting for this event.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Perseids Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Perseus the Hero.

Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos

Check out these sites for more information about the Perseids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:

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