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One of the year's most impressive meteor showers is firing up as the Earth swings through a trail of debris left by a comet.
The Perseids will peak on the night of 12 August, streaking through the dark skies of a New Moon. At its peak, the shower is expected to produce one or two meteors per minute, according to Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Alabama, US.
The Earth is now on its way through comet Swift-Tuttle's tail, so Perseid meteors are already visible in the night sky.
The spectacle begins as Perseus rises in the northeastern sky around 2100 (9 pm) in every time zone. That is the best time to look for dazzling "earthgrazers": meteors that emerge from the horizon and glide overhead. Observers will be lucky to spot a few of these in an hour, Cooke says, but "they are among the most beautiful of meteors".
The Perseids will reach their peak in the pre-dawn hours of 13 August, with the added allure of Mars floating just below Perseus. By then, Cooke says, "dozens of Perseids may be flitting across the sky every hour".
Full New Scientist Article Here
Late predictions of a clutch of possible additional Perseid maximum timings were issued by the IAU on August 3, based on independent work by Peter Jenniskens, Esko Lyytinen, I. Sato and Jeremie Vaubaillon. These included peaks around August 12, 22h55m UT (but not all researchers agreed on this timing; others suggested August 12, 22h42m UT or August 13, 00h27m UT; ZHRs probably just a weak addition to the existing rates, so perhaps not sensibly identifiable), August 13, ~04h UT (ZHRs unknown, suggested as due to a young stream filament) and August 13, ~10h UT (ZHRs 80 +/- 20). As these straddle the existing International Meteor Organization predictions given above, August 12-13 remains the key night for British watchers, but the importance of continuing to observe for as long as possible overnight then is emphasized, to get the best idea of when - or if - any of these predictions prove accurate.
Originally posted by C.H.U.D.
They are already here
Originally posted by spacedoubt
What camera gear are you using CHUD?