Title: Perseid Meteor Shower
Location: Hawaiian Island Viewing
Date / Time: August 11-13
Comments: The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks after midnight, in the pre-dawn sky, the mornings of Aug. 12th & 13th. Best viewing will probably be AFTER the brightly lit Moon sets (1:15 AM the morning of Aug 12 & at 2AM Aug 13, HST) thru sunrise. Under clear, dark skies, observers might expect to see up to 200 meteors per hour this year. Perseid meteors are typically fast & bright, & often leave persistent trains. They appear to "radiate" from the constellation Perseus, "The Hero." Activity increases during the early morning hours when Perseus is high in the northeast & the Earth spins sky-watchers into the oncoming stream of comet debris. Starting on the nights of August 11/12 and 12/13, watch for Perseid meteors to streak across the sky from after the Moon sets until dawn. Find a location with a good view of the full sky; away from distracting street lights or house lights. You do not need a telescope or binoculars to view this or any other meteor shower. Just get yourself to the darkest location you can find, relax in a comfortable recliner chair, perhaps with a blanket & hot beverage, & enjoy the show! Perseids typically produce lots of bright meteors, many leaving luminous trails visible for several seconds. These are FAST meteors, with a velocity of about 37 miles/sec or 133,000 miles/hour! Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through the path of a comet. The bits of debris left behind by the comets, most no larger than a grain of sand, create a spectacular light show as they enter (& burn up in) Earth's atmosphere. The Perseids' parent comet is 109/Swift-Tuttle, which last visited our part of the Solar System in 1992. The comet has an orbital period (returns to orbit our Sun) approx. every 130 years.

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