Friday, August 12, 2005
Enjoy the Perseids
Tonight I hope to enjoy my favourite (and one of the best known) meteor showers of the year, the Perseids. I enjoy meteor showers most just sitting in a reclining chair and try to see a few bright ones. I don't really count them, but then I'm not a really serious meteor watcher. On nights like these I like to behave a little like a tourist, strolling along the night sky with a pair of low power binoculars and enjoy the overall naked eye-view. If your out tonight and have your (preferably low power) binoculars with you, be sure to have a look at one of the most beautiful star associations for binoculars, Melotte 20 or the Alpha Persei Association.

Even with 50mm binoculars you should be able to count between 30 and 40 stars of various magnitudes. Under real good conditions you can see as many as 50. The map below should give you an idea where to look tonight for Melotte 20 and the Perseid meteor shower. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Image from SkyTools 2 by CapellaSoft


Good luck with the weather! The sky is clearing around here, so maybe I can see a few Perseids tonight.

Posted by Math on 08/12 at 12:08 PM | (0) Comments | filed in: Solar sytem scraps | Print