One of the most spectacular cosmic display is about to light up the night sky this week “The Perseid Meteor shower”. Since July 17 Earth is passing through the path of comet Swift-Tuttle, but the Earth will reach to the densest part on August 12.
When to see the Perseid Meteor Shower?
The meteor shower will reach its peak on August 11 and 12. The meteor shower will radiate in the northern sky from the constellation Perseus. It is predicted that there will be an outburst of about 200 meteor showers per hour. The best time to view would be from midnight to dawn.
How to see the Perseid Meteor Shower?
The best way to view would be to lie down on you back on the roof and then look at the sky continuously, after a short time everything will kind of turn dark and then you will easily be able to see any light that moves in the sky. There’s a high chance that you might not be able to see one if you just look from time to time. Though the meteors can appear all over the sky it would be better to actually look to the North, around the constellation Perseus.
You can look for the Pleiades, Pleiades is a star cluster, usually called the seven sisters because of the 7 bright visible stars. It is visible from anywhere on a clear night. It will be easier to find Pleiades if you know Orion. Just find the Orion and follow the line of the three best to find Aldebaran (The Brightest star in Taurus). And again see past the Aldebaran and there lies a small cluster with 7 bright stars, The Pleiades. Perseus lies to the upper left hand side of Pleiades. If that’s too much of trouble you can use app such as night sky or google sky to find the constellation.
How to find Perseus?
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How to find Pleiades ?
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Can we see the Perseid Meteor Shower from Nepal?
If the night sky favors us, specially by the monsoon clouds, we will be able to see the meteor shower. The best thing to do to star gaze is to go somewhere with minimum light pollution. Since it mostly peaks during the night time there will be lesser light to disturb so it would be visible. The Draconids meteor shower of Oct 9,2015 was clearly visible from Kathmandu.
Draconids Meteor shower as seen from Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. October 9, 2015. Photo by – Anuj Ghimire
Hope you guys see one!