Friday, August 7, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Lowcountry Stargazers have scheduled Perseid meteor watches on the mornings of August 13th and 14th at Roxbury Park and Givhans Ferry State Park. One of the major meteor showers of the year, the Perseids reach peak activity under very favorable conditions. The shower is predicted to reach maximum activity early Thursday morning, August 13th, one day before new moon!

Weather permitting, the club will be observing from Roxbury Park Wednesday night until sometime early Thursday morning. The following night, members will observe from Givhans Ferry State Park. Club members, as well as the public, are invited to attend one or both sessions.

It is suggested that those wishing to attend contact the club in order to stay updated on possible cancellations due to weather. Please contact Jim Hoffman.

This is the most popular meteor shower of the year due to the combination of high numbers of meteors and warm weather. Typically, most of the activity occurs on the mornings of August 12, 13 and 14th. The brighter members of this shower are often colorful and produce long-lasting trains. This shower is nearly invisible from the Southern Hemisphere due to the northerly declination of its radiant. The Perseids are associated with Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle which visited the inner solar system in 1992.

For more information on this shower, click here.
For more information on meteor observing, visit the International Meteor Organization.