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  1. Ram

    Ram

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    Comin round again


    PERSEID METEOR OUTBURST:
    Every year in August, Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The shower is beloved by sky watchers. It is rich in fireballs and plays out over a two-week period of warm, starry summer nights.

    This year's display is going to be even better than usual. "Our models predict an outburst on Aug. 11-12 with peak rates greater than 200 meteors/hour under ideally dark skies," explains Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "That's about twice as many Perseids as usual."

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    Perseids in Aug. 2015, a composite image by Petr Horalek of Kolonica, Slovakia [more]

    In ordinary years, Earth grazes the edge of Swift-Tuttle's debris zone. Occasionally, though, Jupiter's gravity tugs the huge network of dust trails closer, and Earth plows through closer to the middle. This appears to be one of those years. Experts at NASA and elsewhere agree that three or more streams are on a collision course with Earth--hence the outburst.

    Observing tips: Go outside between midnight and dawn on the morning of Aug. 12th. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Lie on your back and look straight up. Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky, but their tails will point back to a single point in the constellation Perseus: sky map. Increased activity may also be seen on the morning of Aug. 13th.

    Got clouds? NASA is planning a live broadcast of the Perseid meteor shower overnight on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT. You can also listen to radar echoes from the Perseids on Space Weather Radio. More webcasts: from Israel, from Alabama.

    Realtime Perseid Photo Gallery
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  2. Ram

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    It is that time again...enjoy


    THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER IS BEGINNING: This week, Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Specks of dusty debris hitting the top of Earth's atmosphere faster than 110,000 mph are burning up in the night sky, producing a spray of shooting stars from the constellation Perseus. Meteor rates are relatively low now, but they will increase sharply in the nights ahead. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Aug. 11-13 with perhaps dozens of meteors per hour visible in bright moonlight. Visit Spaceweather.com for observing tips and sky maps.

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    Above: On July 31, 2017, James W. Young photographed this green Perseid fireball skimming the coast off Cannon Beach in western Oregon. [meteor gallery]
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    I want to go shoot but I always take 200-500 shots and capture 2 or 3.
    Funny how that works.
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    PERSEID FIREBALLS: The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend (Aug. 12-13), produces more fireballs than any other known annual meteor shower. (Fireballs are meteors brighter than Jupiter or Venus.) This characteristic of the Perseids is important because in 2017 the shower peaks under the light of a bright gibbous Moon. Perseid fireballs should be visible in spite of lunar interference, producing a pleasing display for anyone outdoors before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. Visit Spaceweather.com for observing tips.


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    Above: A Perseid fireball photographed by Piotr Majewski of Grodztwo, Poland. More Perseids may be found in our Realtime Meteor Photo Gallery.
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