upcoming perseid meteor shower

by underswansea

lme1909sm1Two Perseid meteors streak the sky, above the ridge, beside the Milky Way.

This is a reminder to let everyone know the Perseid meteor shower is coming up. The peak is on the night of August 11th, morning of August 12th. The waxing gibbous (63%) will set at about 1 am leaving the predawn hours dark for prime viewing.

The Perseid meteor shower is one, if not the best, shower of the year. This year could be extra special as an outburst of meteors is predicted. There could be as many as 200 meteors an hour on the peak night. Regardless of an out burst the Perseids are a real treat to watch.

It should be noted, Perseid meteors are flying now and can be seen up to and after the peak dates.

Lisa and I are planning on spending a few nights, during the peak, in the Height of the Rockies, some of the darkest skies in the world. We plan on taking our cameras and with luck we will have some pictures to share.

stars-and-rock-smA Perseid meteor (left) flys away from the constellation Perseus (above trees, centre). The Andromeda Galaxy, 2.2 million light years distant, can be seen above and to the left of the upper tree branch on the right of the frame. The rock in the foreground is covered by small fossils of ancient sea creatures and lit by our campfire. The orange on the horizon is caused by a lightening flash in the distance. My good friend Dave and I enjoyed taking photos. This photo is a split second in time, like, it could be said, we all are. Photo taken 3 years ago, during the peak of the Perseids.