August meteor showers – Aquarids and Perseids

There are two meteor showers to excite us this month! The first few days of August see the Aquarids but they are mostly visible in the Southern hemisphere. From August 10th the Perseids will be visible.

The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. (Source – EarthSky )

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