The Perseids meteor shower of 2014 is ready to kick off. This is an annual event which provides a wonderful meteor shower that arrives in early August in the Northern Hemisphere. Many individuals feel this meteor display is the greatest one of the entire year.
The best time to catch sight of meteors is after midnight instead of before. During predawn hours are the finest of all but this year skywatchers are going to have view moonset and sunrise times prudently. The Moon will be a Supermoon on Aug. 10, and therefore its light is going to be interfering with the 2014 Perseids’ viewing time.
Because of the Supermoon casting its intrusive glare over the nights of all-out activity, this means it is possible that the visibility of the Perseids’ might drop from the average of 120 meteors per hour to less than 30 on the nights of their peak, which are Aug. 11, 12 and 13. That will make them harder to see as well. It is always best to watch meteors on a night when there is a span of dark sky between the time of moonset and sunrise. When the Perseids’ reach their ultimate peak this year about Aug. 12, meteor rates will be the highest of the year, but there will also be more Moon showing up in the sky that night, and it will end up masking numerous Perseids’ with its shimmer.
NASA has stated they have already picked up some Perseids meteors entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The shower happens because the Earth enters the debris stream left behind by Swift-Tuttle Comet. The Perseids meteor shower is one of the most prolific of all annual showers and delivers as many as 120 meteors an hour when it hits its peak. There are bits of dust that burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere and produce what appears to be shooting stars that go streaking across the night sky.
Even though the Perseids peak around Aug. 12, NASA astronomers have said that the present time is the top to see the meteors this year. On Monday night there will be just a fingernail sliver of a Moon, therefore leaving the night sky very dark and nice for viewing the meteors.
The top way to view any meteors is to get as far away from bright city lights as possible to the darkest sky one is able to find. A person then needs to lie back and watch the sky. It takes at least 20 minutes for a person’s eyes to get truly used to the darkness all around and during this time one will be able to get used to seeing even more stars.
Astronomers have stated that a person needs to avoid looking at any cellphones while watching the skies because even a fast glance at a screen will undo most of adjusting his or her eyes have done. So get ready for the Perseids meteor shower of 2014 because it is ready to kick off. The Perseids is a yearly event which provides a wonderful meteor shower that arrives in early August in the Northern Hemisphere. Many individuals feel this meteor display is the greatest one of the entire year.
By Kimberly Ruble
Space Weather News