Perseids, meteor shower visible from the morning of august 11August 12th, 2008 - 8:19 pm ICT by David M N James
Few people are aware of this, but Thaindian is telling you, Tuesday, August 12, 2008, you can view meteors of the Perseids. Most weather experts have forcasted that Tuesday morning is the best time to view these meteor showers. According to meteorological departments in Canada and the United States, those living in the western portion of the United States and Canada will be located in the most strategic viewing area of the meteors of the Perseids. The best time to view a maximum cloud of Perseid meteors is exactly at around 4 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time today.
It is believed that today, (Tuesday) and tomorrow Wednesday are the best days t view the meteor shower. Although the two sets of days are the ideal days to view the meteors, experts agree and have confirmed that one can get a good show of them on the next night, August 12/13.
Experts have confirmed that two or three hours before 4 a.m. PST (1000 UTC), the Moon, in its waxing gibbous phase will set beneath the horizon (between midnight and 1:30 a.m., depending on your location). This will provide a very good dark sky which will facilitate the observations. This can run up-to sunrise in the western U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Other best areas where the meteor shower will be very well visible will be on the Northern Pacific Ocean areas. This includes areas in the farthest west of the America, extreme edges of Eastern Japan and China. However the weather experts like the International Meteor Organization, this is based on the aspects of if the facts were right and the forecast that the shower will be there becomes a fact. They have named the above spots as ‘traditional’ areas where maximum timing would be best-viewed. The Perseid meteors will be streaking across the sky and colliding with Earth’s atmosphere at about 37 miles (60 kilometers) per second, which will produces bright streaks of light that will be visible as it cuts along the earths skies. Its expected that, about 80 meteors per hour will be observed and recorded by weather and meteor research facilities.
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