Get ready for the 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower!

Sleeping Bear Twilight

Sleeping Bear Twilight, photo by Unified Photography

Here’s a gorgeous shot from just after sunset on the Sleeping Bear Dunes. That little meteorite reminded me to check on the Perseids. EarthSky’s Meteor Shower Guide says that the Perseids will grace the sky August 10-12, 2012 with the peak the evening of the 11th.

Meteors are typically best after midnight, but in 2012, with the moon rising into the predawn sky, you might want to watch in late evening as well … The Perseids are typically fast and bright meteors. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. You don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower because the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky.

The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. These meteors are often bright and frequently leave persistent trains. Starting in late evening on the nights of August 10/11, 11/12 and 12/13. The Perseid meteors will streak across these short summer nights from late night until dawn, with only a little interference from the waning crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky.

If you want to keep up on when the meteors are showering, the Meteor page at is a great resource!

See it on black and be sure to check out Kenneth’s small but gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes slideshow for more including a great photo of the northern lights over Sleeping Bear Bay!

More on meteors from Michigan in Pictures!

3 thoughts on “Get ready for the 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower!

  1. Reblogged this on The Three R's Blog and commented:
    CJT – Once again I have to say with a little bit of partiality (aka Michigan bias) that I LOVE this photography blog – not just for the pictures but also for the interesting subjects covered! For those of you who enjoy watching the heavens, you will want to know about the Perseid meteor shower set to be on display this weekend. Our Creator’s glory will be on display – view wherever you are – and praise Him for it!


  2. Absolutely stunning. I can’t wait to get back to northern Michigan, and next time I’m definitely going to go star-gazing. Astronomy is such a fascinating field of science, one I’m glad photography can capture so I can enjoy it in the city!


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