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----> Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12

 
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----> Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12
Hmm -- interesting.

Any comments regarding any prophecies that speak of comets (Nostradamus?)

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Anyone plan on witnessing this? :]


By Joe Rao
SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
posted: 08 August 2008
06:51 am ET


Every August, just when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower makes its appearance.

It is also the month of "The Tears of St. Lawrence," more commonly known as the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Laurentius, a Christian deacon, is said to have been martyred by the Romans in 258 AD on an iron outdoor stove. It was in the midst of this torture that Laurentius cried out:

"I am already roasted on one side and, if thou wouldst have me well cooked, it is time to turn me on the other."

The saint's death was commemorated on his feast day, Aug. 10. King Phillip II of Spain built his monastery place, the "Escorial," on the plan of the holy gridiron. And the abundance of shooting stars seen annually between approximately Aug. 8 and 14 have come to be known as St. Lawrence's "fiery tears."

Viewing prospects

In 2008, the Perseids are expected to reach their maximum on Aug. 12.

The exact time of maximum should be about 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Aug. 12, according to Margaret Campbell-Brown and Peter Brown in the 2008 Observer's Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. If so, the timing is very good for meteor watchers observing before dawn in North America, especially in the western states. And that morning, the waxing gibbous moon sets around 1:30 a.m. local daylight saving time, leaving a dark sky for the next 3 hours.

Take full advantage of that moonless period. Next year, a last quarter moon will illuminate the after-midnight sky with its light and will hinder observation of the Perseids.

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Meteor clumps


A very good shower will produce about one meteor per minute for a given observer under a dark country sky. Any light pollution or moonlight considerably reduces the count. The August Perseids are among the strongest of the readily observed annual meteor showers, and at maximum activity nominally yield 50 or 60 meteors per hour. However, observers with a wide-open view of exceptionally dark skies often record even larger numbers on the order of 90 or even 100 per hour.

But while 60 meteors per hour correspond to one meteor sighting every minute, keep in mind that this is only a statistical average. In reality, what usually is seen is what some have called, "the clumping effect." Sometimes you'll see two or even three Perseids streak across the sky in quick succession, all within less than minute. This is usually followed by a lull of several minutes or more, before the sky suddenly bears fruit once again.
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Re: ----> Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12
Screw the prophecies, Perseids aren't comets.

I always liked Lawrence: "Turn me over I'm done on this side"
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Re: ----> Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12
Can I see it from where I am?
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Re: ----> Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12
Can I see it from where I am?
 Quoting: BrightSide

Hey!!

Yeah, I think so... not sure though.

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