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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Best show in the universe - The Perseid meteor shower (August 2009)

Best show in the universe - The Perseid meteor shower (August 2009): "The best show in the universe - the Perseid meteor shower, takes place August 11 – 12, 2009.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most rewarding night sky shows of the year and it almost never fails to meet expectations.

As the time draws closer for best viewing of the meteor shower, activity is picking up. The Perseids began in mid-July, with one or two meteors racing through the night sky. According to www.space.com , “The Perseids regularly produce 50 to 150 meteors per hour -- more than 1 per minute -- under dark skies. This year's peak hourly rate is expected to be on the low end of the range, likely around 50.”

Astronomers say that the best times to watch will be the overnight hours on August 11/12 and August 12/13. “The peak is forecast to occur August 12, between 14h and 17h UT, or Universal Time,” said Rainer Arlt, an astronomer at Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam in Germany. Unfortunately, that's 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT." more..

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