Perseid Meteor Shower August 2010 Tonight: Best Time to View Meteor Shower Until August 24
Perseid Meteor Shower August 2010 Tonight: Best Time to View Meteor Shower Until August 24 – After the beautiful aurora borealis caused by the solar flare which some of us witnessed last week, the sky will once again light up because of a meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle known as Perseid Meteor Shower.
The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the earliest information on this meteor shower coming from the Far East. Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the “tears of St. Lawrence”, since August 10 is the date of that saint’s martyrdom. Originating from the constellation Perseus, Perseid Meteor Showers are active this year 2010 from July 23 to August 24. However, it will peak on the night of August 12, 2010 where 60 or more meteors per hour will be visible in the sky.
According to Space.com, the best window of opportunity to see the shower will be the late-night hours of Wednesday on through the first light of dawn on the morning of Thursday, and then again during the late-night hours of Aug. 12, 2010 into the predawn hours of Aug. 13, 2010. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseid Meteors are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.
If you want to witness these Perseid meteors tonight, it is best viewed away from city lights and in clear skies. Aside from the given time frame above where these meteor shower can be best viewed, astronomers say that the best time to witness is at 2am after midnight your local time.
Although the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is already finished, you can still watch them as they will be on the sky up to August 24, 2010. However, don’t expect to see a lot of them as the 60 or more per hour rate of Perseids are already gone.
Set your alarm now and try to wake up at the particular times mentioned above. Try to position yourself in a location where the sky is clear tonight. Watching for the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight consists of lying back, gazing up into the stars, and waiting. It would be best viewed with your loved one as both of you try to make a wish upon witnessing these shooting stars.
For those of you who want to witness the Perseid Meteor Shower online, there is a live cam set up by NASA here.