Perseids Coming Attraction By Meteorwatch 2011

Perseids Coming Attraction By Meteorwatch 2011A coming attraction to your night sky in the northern hemisphere are Perseids. “The stream of debris is called the Perseid cloud and stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The cloud consists of particles ejected by the comet as it travels on its 130-year orbit. Most of the dust in the cloud today is around a thousand years old. However, there is also a relatively young filament of dust in the stream that was pulled off the comet in 1862.” A Universe Today article, ‘MeteorWatch is Coming! Look for Perseids With the Rest of the World,” trumpets the meteorites which peak at 50-60 per hour in the predawn hours of Aug 12-13. MeteorWatch will enable you to share your skywatching with rest of the world through Twitter. A very good trailer for the spectacle is available here. Get off the couch this August and go out to catch a view of the nightsky!

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