The annual Perseid meteor shower is approaching its peak and you can enjoy the event live online.
The 2022 Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak between August 11 and 12. However, the bright moonlight of Full August Sturgeon Moon August 11 will make it harder to view the peak of the meteor shower, so the Virtual Telescope Project is hosting a live webcast on August 9, before the moon reaches its peak brightness.
“Due to the full moon on the night of their peak, we will be broadcasting this live stream two days early, so our satellite will be below the horizon, with still a very good number of meteors!” Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project wrote.
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The Virtual Telescope Project live webcast August 9 will begin at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT August 10) and share all meteors captured by the telescopes’ wide-field cameras. You’ll also be able to watch on Space.com, thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project.
The Perseid meteor shower is active every year from mid-July to late August, when Earth passes through the remnants of debris, or pieces of ice and rock, left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids peak as Earth passes through the densest and dustiest area of the comet’s trail.
In most years, under clear skies and low light pollution, Perseid viewers can expect to see between 50 and 100 visible meteors, or “shooting stars,” per hour at the peak of the rain.
However, the bright light of the August full moon, which is also a supermoon (since the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit), will make it difficult to see many meteors. . This year, viewers should expect the average number of visible meteors to linger between 10 and 20 per hour at best during its peak, according to A declaration (opens in a new tab) by NASA astronomer Bill Cooke.
Therefore, the best time to look for Perseids this year is before dawn, when the moon is below the horizon, a few days before peak. If you’re unable to get out and enjoy the annual meteor shower, be sure to catch the Virtual Telescope Project’s live webcast on August 9, when the moon is expected to set about 60 minutes away. before dawn, providing a short window of darkness. sky to observe more meteors.
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