Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks on Aug, 12th, 2009

Are you ready for another exciting astronomy phenomenon just after the total solar eclipse happened last month on July, 22nd? Are you ready to make a wish when you see those “shooting stars”? That’s right, the Perseid meteor shower is coming today!

The Perseid meteor shower is a prolific, predictable and one of the earliest observed meteor showers associated with a somewhat desolate legend known as “The Tears of St. Lawrence”. This annual meteor shower coincidently occurs roughly at the same day as the Saint’s death was commemorated on his feast day, Aug, 10. 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.”

And the abundance of shooting stars seen annually between approximately Aug. 8 and 14 have become a symbolic way of remembering a saint’s feast day, known as St. Lawrence’s “fiery tears.”

Scientifically, meteor shower occurs when earth moves through a meteor stream, and are actually the dusty remains left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Follow along and let’s explore more:

What is the best date to watch Perseid meteor shower?

Usually, every year during mid-August, the Perseid meteor shower becomes active, and the best date to watch the show this year is Aug, 12th.

What is the best time to watch Perseid meteor shower?

It begins at approximately 11:00 GMT, Aug, 12th. Double peaks at 1:00am EST and 5:30am EST respectively, which is 1:00am and 5:30am Aug, 13th in China.

Where is the best place to watch Perseid meteor shower?

The ideal watching spot locates in Hawaiian Islands, USA. But it can be viewed worldwide too due to weather condition.

What can we expect to see and how many?

It is reported that the number of meteors fallen per hour is about 100-140 and the number of meteors seen per hour is about 30 or less, but remember, it’s just a collective estimate, it varies according to weather and locations. Be prepared, you may see many and you may see none. But the thing for sure is you can make your observing sessions far more pleasant by planning for inactive times in advance.

What are the best conditions to watch Perseid meteor shower?

The further you can get away from city lights, the better view you will have. Pray it doesn’t rain tonight and better lie down while facing north-east direction.

Long time wait is just for a sparkling moment, but even an hour or so of watching should bring you a happy reward. Wish all of you clear skies and good luck! And of course, don’t forget to make a beautiful wish too!

Come back to us again cause we will be continued with wonderful Perseid Meteor Shower Videos tomorrow!

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  1. kelly leow says:

    i hope i can actually see it tonight

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