|The Eagle Nebula which has nothing to do with Perseus, |
but you must admit, makes a delightful picture!
Whenever we experience a meteor shower, and especially one that's purported to be the greatest cosmic event of our lifetime, I get nervous. You see, I think about the old 1962 film based on the book by John Wyndham, "The Day of the Triffids." In the story, everybody on the planet goes out to watch this once in a lifetime meteor shower, cunningly
Back to reality. Why is it called the Perseid Meteor Showers?
|Tarot's #17, The Star from|
Steampunk Tarot© by
Barbara Moore and Aly Fell
The Perseid display began around July 23rd this year and the meteors, refuse from comet, Swift-Tuttle, fell at a rate of 10 meteors per hour. As we've moved deeper into the meteor stream, the fall rate has steadily increased. Experts predict that during the shower's peak fifty to a hundred meteors will fall per hour. The Perseid peak runs from August 11th through the 13th this year with meteors falling at a rate of thirty-seven miles per second.
The meteor display will be easier to see this year because the moon is in a waxing crescent phase. This will not be the case in 2014 however, so don't let this year's shower pass you by. The best time for viewing will be in the pre-dawn hours. You don't need eye protection, or smoked glass to watch the meteor shower. Just try to get away from city lights if possible. All that's required is a pillow for your head as you lie
back in the grass.
Below is a table of the biggest annual meteor showers. As you can see, we still have some great cosmic fireworks remaining for this year. Enjoy! Oh, and keep an eye on the plant life. :)
Name Month to View
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