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02:15  12 august  2017
02:15  12 august  2017 Source:   Space.com

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Look up Friday and Saturday nights (Aug. 11 and 12) for this year's Perseid meteor shower peak . For Northern Hemisphere observers, August is usually regarded as " meteor month," with one of the best displays of the year reaching its peak near midmonth.

Tonight – August 10, 2017 – it’s time to start watching the Perseid meteor shower , which peaks this weekend . Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon is in the way during the predawn hours, when the meteors are normally flying most abundantly!

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Look up Friday and Saturday nights (Aug. 11 and 12) for this year's Perseid meteor shower peak.

For Northern Hemisphere observers, August is usually regarded as "meteor month," with one of the best displays of the year reaching its peak near midmonth. That display is, of course, the annual Perseid meteor shower, which is beloved by meteor enthusiasts and summer campers alike. But skywatchers beware: You will face a major obstacle in your attempt to observe this year's Perseid performance — namely, the moon. (Live in a big city? Find out how to see the Perseids from urban areas here from our sister site Active Junky.)

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2017 Perseid Meteor Shower . The 2017 Perseids will peak on the night of August 12 and early morning hours of August 13. While the skies are lit up several times a year by other meteor showers , the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers.

As (bad) luck would have it, this year, the moon turned full on Aug. 7, and it will be at a rather bright waning gibbous phase several nights later, seriously hampering observation of the peak of the Perseids, predicted to occur on the night of Aug. 11-12. (Aug. 12-13 will also have high rates, as the absolute peak is during the day Aug. 12, but will also be obscured by the moon.) [Perseid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It]

Moonrise on Aug. 11 comes at around 10:20 p.m. local time, while on Aug. 12, it's at around 10:50 p.m. The moon will be hovering below and to the left of the Great Square of Pegasus these nights and not all that far from the constellation Perseus, from where the meteors will appear to emanate (hence the name "Perseid"). Perseus does not begin to climb high up into the northeast sky until around midnight; by dawn, it's nearly overhead. But bright moonlight will flood the sky through most of those two key nights and will certainly play havoc with any serious attempts to observe these meteors.

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How to watch 2017 ’s Perseid meteors . 0811. Perseids to peak this weekend ! And it will rise later and later each evening, although not late enough to leave skies moon-free for the 2017 Perseid meteor shower , which peaks this week , on the mornings of August 12 and 13.

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So, unfortunately, the moon intervenes to spoil the Perseid's best, even if your part of the country is blessed with clear skies.

You do have options to watch the 2017 Perseids online. On Saturday, the online Slooh community observatory will host a free webcast of the Perseids here, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT). The webcast will also appear on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.

The Virtual Telescope Project based in Italy will host a live webcast Saturday at 4:50 p.m. EDT (2050 GMT). You can watch that Perseids webcast live here at start time.

The worst possible circumstance

The Perseids are already around, having been active, although weak and scattered, since around July 17. But a noticeable upswing in Perseid activity has taken place during the last few nights, leading up to the meteors' impending peak. They are typically fast and bright, and they occasionally leave persistent trains. Every once in a while, a Perseid fireball will blaze forth, bright enough to be quite spectacular and more than capable of attracting attention even in bright moonlight.

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He wrote: “Frosty Drew astronomers and volunteers refer to the Perseid shower as the ‘anti-sleep-athon’ and 2015 lived up to the name!” Fortunately, in 2017 , the thin waning crescent moon won’t seriously conflict with the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower . In fact, the presence of the lunar crescent

Weather permitting, up to 50 meteors will light up the Philippine night sky this weekend , the state weather bureau said yesterday. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Perseids meteor shower would be observed with its peak in

Even more unfortunate than its brightness, the moon is full on Aug. 7, so it will always be above the horizon during the predawn morning hours (when Perseid viewing is at its best) in the few days before the peak. So moonlight will even spoil the gradual increase in the shower's meteor rates. The moon arrives at last quarter on Aug. 14, and thereafter, its light becomes much less objectionable. But by that time the peak of the display will have long since passed, leaving only a few lingering Perseid stragglers in its wake.

Comet crumbs

We know today that these meteors are the leftover debris shed by Comet Swift-Tuttle along its orbit. Discovered back in 1862, this comet takes approximately 130 years to circle the sun. And in much the same way that the Tempel-Tuttle comet leaves a trail of debris along its orbit to produce the spectacular Leonid meteors of November, Swift-Tuttle produces a debris trail along its orbit, causing the Perseids.

Indeed, every year during mid-August, when the Earth passes close to the orbit of Swift-Tuttle, the material left behind by the comet from its previous visits rams into Earth's atmosphere at approximately 37 miles per second (60 km/s) to create bright streaks of light in the midsummer night skies. [Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts]

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by Gemma Lavender, 11 August 2017 . Image credit: NPS/Brad Sutton. The Perseid meteor shower , which makes its appearance every year in Earth’s sky, reaches its peak this weekend with up to 100 meteors per hour expected.

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Wait 'til 2018

Most years, in the absence of bright moonlight, a single observer watching from a clear and very dark location might see up to 90 meteors per hour on the peak night. This year, however, observers will see closer to 40-50.

But in 2018, the peak night will coincide with a new moon, making for a much different story. The skies will indeed be dark and meteors likely plentiful. As they used to say in Brooklyn, when the Dodgers played at old Ebbets Field, "Just wait 'til next year!"

A consolation shower

After the Perseids have gone, there is one last summer meteor shower left: the Kappa Cygnids (followed by the Orionids in the last half of October). The viewing period for this minor shower are rather short — Aug. 19-22 — with the peak on the 21st. Though the maximum rate is only four per hour, this stream does provide an occasional flaring fireball, and a careful observer may be nicely rewarded for the time spent. Sometimes, just a single spectacular object can make an entire night of watching worthwhile.

The viewing circumstances for the 2017 Kappa Cygnids are the best possible, since their peak this year coincides with a new moon — the same new moon that will eclipse the sun on that very same day. The constellation Cygnus, from which these meteors appear to radiate, is also popularly known as the Northern Cross. This cross will lie directly overhead at around midnight and will stand upright on the northwest horizon when dawn is breaking about 5 hours later.

Look Up! 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

  Look Up! 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend Look up Friday and Saturday nights (Aug. 11 and 12) for this year's Perseid meteor shower peak. For Northern Hemisphere observers, August is usually regarded as "meteor month," with one of the best displays of the year reaching its peak near midmonth. That display is, of course, the annual Perseid meteor shower, which is beloved by meteor enthusiasts and summer campers alike. But skywatchers beware: You will face a major obstacle in your attempt to observe this year's Perseid performance — namely, the moon. (Live in a big city? Find out how to see the Perseids from urban areas here from our sister site Active Junky.

It’s the annual Perseid meteor shower , a pleasant “rain” of fiery flashes coming to a sky near you. The radiant mimics the effect of looking down a set of railroad tracks into the distance. Even though the peak ’s Saturday night, you’ll see Perseids all weekend . Relax and enjoy!

People in the UK should be able to catch an awe-inspiring sight this weekend , as the annual Perseid meteor shower hits its peak on Saturday. The Perseids have been visible in the night sky since the end of July, with around one meteor an hour crossing the skies.

Editor's note: If you snap an awesome photo of Perseid meteors that you'd like to share with Space.com and our news partners for a potential story or gallery, send images and comments in to spacephotos@space.com.

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers' Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Fios1 News in Rye Brook, N.Y. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.

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