What Time Is The Meteor Shower Tonight?

Do you guys know the exact time of the meteor shower tonight? I want to see it with my mom but we have no idea when it's going to happen. What time will we be able to see the meteor shower?

asked by Googler in Astronomy & Space | 3041 views | 08-12-2009 at 02:49 AM

The best time to view the meteor shower if you’re in the United States is Wednesday morning at 1:00 a.m. EST and at 5:30 a.m. EST. At the peak, you’ll see between 50 to 150 meteors an hour in the night sky, although you will see meteors at other times during the night. Best viewing is away from city lights, and obviously cloud cover.

If you’re in the Southern hemisphere, parts of the meteor shower may be viewable depending on where you’re located, although many in the far south will miss out as most of the activity is over the horizon.

Some good tips:
-Stay up late: Meteor showers peak between midnight and dawn. Nap early if you must.
- Get out of town: Go far away from city lights and haze.
- Get comfortable: Bring a lounge chair or blanket.
- Be patient: It takes a few minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.
- Look around: Meteors may radiate from one point, but they can flash anywhere in sky.

Even though it's an off year, the Perseids are still well worth the effort.

The Perseid Meteor shower actually starts each year in July as the earth begins to move through the meteor stream, with tonight (August 11) and Wednesday morning (August 12) being the peak of activity in the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for over 2000 years, first being recorded in China. In early medieval Europe, the Perseids came to be known as the “tears of St. Lawrence.”

answered by Humber | 08-12-2009 at 02:52 AM

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