Perseid meteor shower peaking

Perseid meteor shower peaking

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Perseid meteor shower peaking

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 12 at 10:20 PM

SEATTLE - With clear conditions Thursday night, you will have a chance to see one of the most dependable meteor showers of the year - the Perseids.

The shower is already producing 25 meteors an hour. It should peak early Friday morning with rates of up to 75 meteors per hour.

University of Washington astronomers say the shower happens every August as the Earth intersects the orbit of dust particles left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The best view of the Perseids is found away from city lights. They will likely be more visible after midnight Thursday, looking generally to the east or northeast.

Incidentally, Thursday evening just at dusk, you'll likely be able to see the planets Venus, Mars, Saturn and Mercury clustered close together in the low western sky.

The UW Astronomy Department website has more tips for viewing the Perseids: http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/balick/perseids.html

NASA has set up a live video/audio feed of the Perseids shower: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/perseids_2010.html

 

 

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