On the night of August 12-13, the peak of the summer “starfall” of the Perseid will occur: the inhabitants of Russia will be able to observe this fascinating cosmic phenomenon with the naked eye, provided the sky is clear.
The Perseids are a meteor shower that appears annually in August from the constellation Perseus. It is formed as a result of the passage of the Earth through a plume of dust particles released by the comet Swift-Tuttle. Tiny particles burn up in the earth’s atmosphere, which creates a kind of “shower of stars”.
According to the Moscow Planetarium, this year it is best to observe the “starfall” until midnight on the night of 12-13, and also from 13-14 August. At this time, you can see up to 110 meteors per hour, or 1-2 meteors per minute. Moreover, the glow of some especially bright meteors can last up to several seconds.
“The Perseid radiant is located on the border of the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia. Look for Cassiopeia (inverted M), the bright star Capella shines to the left and below the horizon – the Perseid radiant is located between Cassiopeia and Capella. In August, around midnight, it is in the northeast. This is where you need to look. Meteors will, as it were, fly out of the radiant and can be observed throughout the sky.“, – says the website of the Moscow Planetarium.
We add that the most favorable conditions for observing the Perseids are mountains and places far from large settlements, where strong sky illumination interferes.
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