Perseid Meteor Shower 2013

Image courtesy of http://www.space.com
Image courtesy of http://www.space.com

The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years. The meteor draws its name from the constellation Perseus, as they appear to be coming from a radiant point that lies in constellation Perseus.

The meteor shower is expected to reach its peak on Monday evening and Tuesday morning as said by the astronomers.

The meteor shower happens every year between 17th July and 24th August. It is during this time of the year that the Earth’s orbit around the sun passes through the cosmic material that hangs from the tail of comet Swift Turtle. The comet passed Earth’s vicinity in 1992.

The prospects of shower this year are quite good and since the moon is a waxing crescent, its light will not interfere significantly with the show. Meteor shower is different than other celestial events and can easily be watched with naked eyes by everyone.

Swift Turtle won’t be visiting Earth again until 2125. But this Perseid meteor shower we see every year is a reminder that it visited Earth once. An open sky is best for viewing meteor shower as Perseid meteor comes from all the directions.

NASA scientists, during a sky-watching guide conference, advised people to lie down and then enjoy the show. The scientists also said that since the constellation is currently in the north eastern night sky after sunset, the people will see more meteors by looking straight up and not directly at the constellation. If at all you miss the show, you can go to space.com to view the show.