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Note: The 2014 Perseids are over now. I've merged this thread from an earlier year with the current one because there are some interesting posts in it. Watch out for the 2015 Perseids in August!

Some of you saw the Perseids last year. They're back soon. Predictions for the peak are always uncertain, but are expected to peak between August 11-14. But it's worth looking on the days near this date too. Between midnight and the hours before dawn give the best viewing.

If you want to know more about meteor showers, here is my article Meteor Showers - The Perseids

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Meteorwatch 2012 made a video like a trailer for an adventure film for the Geminids 2012. (The Geminids are another popular meteor shower - they're in December.) It's very well done and quite imaginative. Have a look.

Meteor shower trailer

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The Perseids can have some exceptional years. Last year we traveled for them, maybe saw two. Some years we have seen hundreds in an hour's time. I've got to see them during two different peaks, (over a 35-year span) one was in the dark moonless skies of Kansas in the early morning hours. It was beautiful! The Leonid meteor shower in November can also be pretty spectacular.

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Mona, Thanks so much for pointing us in the direction of this video, it is just great.

Had already read your article and planned to keep my eyes open, and telescope at hand, but seeing the whole thing illustrated in this way makes it even more one of those 'can't miss' opportunities.



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It's nearly time for (usually) one of the year's best meteor showers and you don't have to freeze to watch it. I've removed outdated information from earlier years and will be adding information and links as the time gets nearer.

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The first Perseid fireball arrived a few days ago. Here is an early Perseid seen in the Czech Republic last night.

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Years ago, I saw the Perseids sitting on a lawn chair in a Kansas field. They were amazing.


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NASA reports that the Perseids have the most fireballs of any meteor shower. Fireballs are very bright meteors, which should make the Perseids a particularly good show.

Meteors? Meteorites? Fireballs? The terminology explained: Meteor or Meteorite & Other Posers

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If your sky is covered in clouds - like mine is every year for the Perseids! - you can hear the meteors on Space Weather Radio. (It's not as much fun as seeing them, of course.) It monitors signals from USAF Space Surveillance Radar and each one makes a distinctive echo-y ping.

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Thanks Mona! I learned something new today.


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