Meteor Shower 2011
August 14, 2011 by staff
The cloud of comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the Sun every 133 years, causes the annual meteor shower. As the Earth passes through the cloud of debris, pieces of ice and dust, some as old as 1000 years-burn in the Earth’s atmosphere, causing the celestial event known as a meteor shower.
The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for nearly two thousand years and peak sometime during the summer months.
This year, the peaks of rain on Saturday and, unfortunately, coincides with the full moon, which will make watching shooting stars difficult. However, glancing light exposure is not possible and the best opportunity to do so is during the early hours of Saturday morning.
According to NASA, the full moon will wash out all but the brightest meteors. Their rates are estimated at around 20-30 per hour at most with the weather permits.
To see the rain, will have to come see the place of their choice at least 4:30 am, when the full moon will be low enough to witness the celestial event. Try to get as far away as possible from city lights.
According to the website Dark Sky Search, Arcadia is located along the edge of the area from light pollution created by higher density of metropolitan Los Angeles.
This means that while light pollution can be a problem when it comes to watching the meteor shower, the nearby San Gabriel Mountains, I mean the residents of Arcadia have some of the best opportunities for a good heavenly vision in the area Los Angeles.
Altadena residents could try to farm Cobb, Eaton Canyon, or some of the higher-altitude districts of the city. Traveling Highway 2 in the Angeles National Forest would probably be the best local option.
For those wishing to see the show live from the comfort of your home, NASA will activate cameras and a chat module during the peak of the rain that will allow participants to ask questions of experts who see the Perseid meteors shower Live. The cameras are set to go online at 11 pm ET on Friday.
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