2010 Perseid Meteor Showers

2009 Perseid meteor - Southeast Michigan
2009 Perseid meteor – Southeast Michigan, photo by ampangmarin

The post Star Trails, the Perseid Meteor Shower and the Tears of St. Lawrence on Michigan in Pictures and tells the story of one of the best meteor shows of the year. At its peak, this August meteor shower produces a meteor a minute and the peak is this Thursday night (August 12).

Observing the Perseids from Meteorshowersonline says:

This is the most famous of all meteor showers. It never fails to provide an impressive display and, due to its summertime appearance, it tends to provide the majority of meteors seen by non-astronomy enthusiasts.

This meteor shower gets the name “Perseids” because it appears to radiate from the constellation Perseus. An observer in the Northern Hemisphere can start seeing Perseid meteors as early as July 23, when one meteor every hour or so could be visible. During the next three weeks, there is a slow build-up. It is possible to spot five Perseids per hour at the beginning of August and perhaps 15 per hour by August 10. The Perseids rapidly increase to a peak of 50-80 meteors per hour by the night of August 12/13 and then rapidly decline to about 10 per hour by August 15. The last night meteors are likely to be seen from this meteor shower is August 22, when an observer might see a Perseid every hour or so.

Check this out bigger and in Iskandar’s Night Shots slideshow. Since meteors are basically a) global and b) really cool, check out the Perseid slideshow on Flickr.

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