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Perseids Meteor Shower 2013

The Perseid meteors take their name from that of the constellation, Perseus, from where they appear to radiate. They are the most expectacular and reliable annual meteor display. The meteors are generally fast and bright, and may leave glowing 'persistent trains'. This year’s Perseid meteor shower is expected to have its peak of activity at midday on August 12th (possible maximum 50–100 meteors per hour) visible during the nights of 12th/13th August.

Assuming a clear dark sky, conditions for observing the peak are good this year with a waning crescent Moon on the peak of activity. Note that on late evening of August 12th/13th, the constellation Perseus will lie low in the NE. In order to see the Perseids to best effect is best to observe towards that direction, allow time for your eyes to become accustomed to the dark and avoid light pollution.

Origin of Meteor showers: Most meteors are produced by comets, which shed trails of dust while passing through the inner solar system on their elliptical orbits around the Sun. As the Earth encounters this dust at high speed, they vaporize in the Earth’s atmosphere at a height of almost 100 kilometres producing a visible meteor.

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