Perseid Meteor Shower 2008 (Updated)

After a spectacular Solar eclipse last Saturday, here comes another astronomical event that shouldn’t be missed: The annual Perseid meteor shower.

Perseids are among the best meteor showers seen in the northern hemisphere. They appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus (hence its name). The source of the shower is the dust trail left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The northeastern sky during the hours before dawn on Aug 12, 2008.

The northeastern sky during the hours before dawn on Aug 12, 2008.

(Right click image to enlarge)

The peak of the meteor activity will be hours before sunrise on August 11-12. Look out for Perseids starting at 2:00 am when the moon has set giving way to a moonless sky.

For observers In the Philippines (Aug 12-13), let’s hope for clear skies. It seems impossible to watch this shower with our weather lately but never lose hope :D.

Click here and here to know more about the 2008 Perseids Meteor Shower.

Happy Observing! Clear Skies!


~ by Stella's Gaze on August 4, 2008.

13 Responses to “Perseid Meteor Shower 2008 (Updated)”

  1. From PAGASA:

    The famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak on the night of August 12 until dawn on the following day. Occasionally, an exceptional shower may show tens or even hundreds of meteors per minute, but around 50 meteors per hour is more typical. The Perseids meteor shower is the most reliable one, which is best seen during August 10-14 each year. Under most favorable clear sky condition, there may be 60 to 100 meteors per hour.

  2. Thanks! Gusto ko ulit makakita ng meteor shower. last na nakawitness ako ay last december at sobrang aliw ako. hahaha

  3. Yep, iba talaga ang geminids last december :D.

    Maganda din ang perseids ang kalaban lang talaga natin ang panahon. Tag-ulan kasi sa atin ngayon :).

  4. uy astig ito ha. maabangan nga. great entries. science filled blog. hehe. added u to my blogroll. ;D

  5. Salamat ūüėÄ

  6. wow.. thanks for the info. last january pa yung huling meteor shower ko eh. ūüôā excited na ko!

  7. yehey, ang saya naman na makapanood ng meteor showers ūüôā thanks for the info! ūüôā

  8. for those observing in the Philippines, the peak shower will be on Aug. 12 starting at 7:30PM local time until around 10PM

  9. We’ll be watching from Hawaii . . .

  10. kita ba dito sa dagupan? hehe it’s going to be the first time na makwitness ako ng Meteor Shower… kaya sana makisama ang panahon! hihi ūüôā

  11. meron paba ngayong gabi?? what time kaya?

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