Perseids

This is a good year to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower as the Moon won't be full and therefore 'drown out' the showers. Meteors are often called shooting stars although they aren't stars but lumps of rock and ice falling through the atmosphere. The Perseid Meteor Shower is so called because if you follow the trails of the meteors backwards, they all seem to originate from the same point (the radiant) which is in the constellation of Perseus. Ian Morison says the best place to look is about 50 degrees away from the radiant point. We may see an early surge tomorrow night at about 10pm BST but the main showers are due for 12th and 13th August at about 23:30 BST.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 10th Aug 2004 (13:26 UTC) | Permalink
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