Perseids Meteor Shower
Date: August 11, 2023 - August 12, 2023
Time: 11:00 pm - 5:00 am
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific showers of the year, producing rich, bright streaks. The Perseids are active from mid-July until late August and will peak Aug. 11-12 according to the AMS.
Though the full moon badly interfered with the shower in 2022, that will not be the case this year as it will be only 10% illuminated.
Viewers can start observing around 11 p.m. local time when the rates of shooting start increasing and can watch the sky until dawn.
The Perseid meteor shower radiant is in the constellation Perseus. This strong shower is produced by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, an icy body that takes 133 Earth years to orbit once around the sun.
If there’s a clear sky, the Perseids will have a meteor rate of about 100 visible “shooting stars” per hour.
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