Observing Perseid Meteors
Observing Perseid Meteors a fun way to spend the evening with the family. Go out to a location where you can get away from the city lights like a state park that allows camping and hang out in one of the open area so you can see a large area of the sky. Here I’ve compiled a few blog posts from around the Web to help you get the most out of the experience. Image: Stefano De Rosa Photography.
Perseid outburst expected in 2016
In 2016, astronomers expect an outburst of Perseid meteors! The prediction is for 200 meteors per hour seen on the peak night, August 11-12 (evening of August 11, morning of August 12). That’s about double the usual rate. From southerly latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll enjoy the shower, too, with about a third as many meteors expected. In 2016, the waxing gibbous moon sets before the predawn hours. So if the outburst occurs before dawn for you, the moon won’t be in the way. Will you see the outburst? Maybe. The peak rates are predicted to last about half a day, from late August 11 to mid-August 12 UTC. But, outburst or no outburst, the Perseids are always a treat. Follow the links below to learn more:
Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers
Your goal: to observe a meteor shower. You read an article about an upcoming meteor shower, and you want to see as many meteors as possible. You want to see the sky rain meteors like hailstones at an apocalyptic rate. You want exploding fireballs, peals of meteoric thunder, celestial mayhem. Well … that likely won’t happen. Meteor showers, for the most part, aren’t like a shower of rain, and a meteor rate of one a minute is a very, very good shower. Meteor showers are wonderful natural phenomena, a chance to commune with the outdoors and see something beautiful. How can you optimize your chances for seeing the most meteors? Follow the links below for EarthSky’s top 10 tips for meteor-watchers!
Capturing the Perseids: How to Photograph a Meteor Shower
On the nights of August 11th through the 13th, you’ll have the chance not only to make some wishes, but also possibly to photograph a meteor during the annual Perseid shower.
To shoot the Perseids, you don’t need anything more than a camera and lens — although a tripod is helpful. If you don’t have a tripod, you can prop your camera up on a solid surface with a bag full of rice or sand.