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Perseid Meteor Shower "Outburst" Expected in August

Posted by steve on 7/26/2016
Perseid meteor
Early Perseid meteor caught on the morning of July 25, 2016 by Ken Christison. Notice how colorful it is. Start watching for these meteors now! - Photo courtesy EarthSky.org

Re-posted with permission from EarthSky.org

In August 2016, astronomers expect an outburst of Perseid meteors! The prediction is for 200 meteors per hour seen on the peak night, August 11-12 (evening of August 11, morning of August 12). That’s about double the usual rate.

From southerly latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll enjoy the shower, too, with about a third as many meteors expected.

In 2016, the waxing gibbous moon sets before the predawn hours. So if the outburst occurs before dawn for you, the moon won’t be in the way. Will you see the outburst? Maybe. The peak rates are predicted to last about half a day, from late August 11 to mid-August 12 UTC. But, outburst or no outburst, the Perseids are always a treat. Follow the links below to learn more:

Why a Perseid meteor outburst in 2016?

When and how should I watch the Perseid meteor shower in 2016?

General rules for Perseid-watching.

What’s the source of the Perseid meteor shower?

What is the radiant point for the Perseid meteor shower?

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