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.
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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.
Happy Observing! Clear Skies!