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The sky surveyor prepares to peep into Perseus at peak



Sonora, California-This weekend is approaching the best meteor shower of the year: prime time in Perseus.

It can be seen from mid-July that they reach their peak in mid-August. In fact, you can enjoy them this weekend. NASA scientists shared that from Tuesday to Thursday morning next week this year, this year’s shower may produce the most meteors in the shortest time.

As it happens every year in the warm summer night weather, this situation makes sky observers feel more comfortable, so Perseus is often one of the most popular celestial activities of the year. As for their “light show” attribute, Perseus is fast at a speed of about 37 miles per second. They are also very bright and are known for their larger lights and colorful explosions (also called fireballs). The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific showers, as 50 to 100 meteors can be seen per hour, or even more under optimal conditions.

From the northern hemisphere, Perseus can peer north towards the sky before dawn, although the meteor showering this year may be seen as early as 10pm.

Since this year’s peak shower period is during the last month of the moon phase, astronomers recommend that you go to the darkest possible place and then lean back so that you can see as much of the sky directly above yourself. They also recommend that the shower-to-be stay comfortable, take some time to adjust to the night sky for about 30 minutes, and be patient: the longer you stay in watch mode, the more things you see.

Local photographer and sky watcher Jim Cruff shared that he will look for the dark sky from the weekend to Wednesday to capture this year’s event. He shared a photo of Perseus in 2019 taken on August 13 last year. You can view the photo in the image box. The red dotted line is the passing aircraft captured while the shutters were kept open.

You are welcome to send to news@clarkebroadcasting.com to share your photos of Perseus.


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