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GENERIC BLOG ABOUT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY => Generic topics => Topic started by: VET-ES-Pablo on 10 August , 2019, 13:32:17 pm

Title: Perseid Meteor Shower
Post by: VET-ES-Pablo on 10 August , 2019, 13:32:17 pm
Hey everybody!

As you may know, August hosts annually the Perseid meteor shower, one of the most popular meteor showers that occur during the year. Perhaps some of you see it yearly, perhaps some of you didn't even know about it. Anyway, here's some information you want to know if you are planning to watch the Perseids (which I honestly recommend because it's breathtaking).

If you're willing to watch this beautiful natural phenomenon, you might want to know that the peak will be the night between August 12 and 13 — this is, Monday night. To be able to watch them, it is necessary to go to the dark and stay away from areas with light pollution, such as cities. You might want to bring a chair with you, or a cushion and a blanket/towel to lay down, and stay there for a couple of hours. And keep in mind that it will take about 30 minutes for your eyes to accommodate to the dark sky.

Sadly, the Moon will be near to full this year so the visibility will be lower. Therefore, the best moment to watch the Perseids will be around 5 a.m. (CEST), when the Moon hides — but I guess you'll be sleepy by that time.

Experts say you should be looking at the northeast, but, to be honest, I wouldn't focus anywhere in particular because you will lose visibility. Also, the use of binoculars is not recommended at all since, again, you'll be missing most of the sky.

If you want to know more about the Perseids (like what causes this phenomenon or why they are called 'Perseids'), take a look at these links I'm sharing with you:

So, if you are going to watch the Perseids, I hope you have fun and see a lot of meteors! ;D

Cheers,
VET-ES-Pablo