Posted by: Jerry Garrett | July 23, 2012

2012 Perseid Meteor Shower Officially Kicks Off July 23

2012’s big meteor shower begins!

The Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the most highly anticipated celestial events of the year, kicks off tonight, July 23.

The nightly display of shooting stars will build in intensity and frequency for almost three weeks, before reaching its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12. It will fade out thereafter, over a period of about 10 days. The last of this year’s Perseids should be seen August 22. but later sightings are possible; in fact, earlier sightings were also reported. A large meteor was seen streaking across the skies above Las Vegas the night of July 21!

Two things will make the 2012 shower more memorable than most: First, there will be a null, or “new”, moon at the height of the Perseids, making skies perfectly black. Second, a few more meteors than usual are expected – up to 80 per hour!

For a little more information, and some suggestions about where and how to best view the Perseids, you can check out the series of columns I’ve written previously on this subject.

Jerry Garrett

July 23, 2012

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