Friday, August 12, 2011
Perseids Meteor Shower today! :)
On the nights of the 12th and 13th of August, you should stand a good chance of seeing the Perseid meteor shower. This year the peak will be at August 13th, in 2011 estimated around 07:00 Universal Time. If you live in Europe, North America, Russia, Japan (or anywhere else at about the same latitude) the map below should give you an idea where to look. Unfortunately the Perseids are not visible in Southern Africa as they are below the horizon. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space. The Moon spoils the party this year being in 100% waxing phase. The next two years are more favourable according to the Moon's phase.
Source and more infos: astronomylive
I hope most of you will have the luck and no disturbing lights and enjoy this phenomenal :)