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summer meteor showers July 27, 2013

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy.
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As July draws to a close, most people’s thoughts turn to the Perseid meteor shower. And rightly so. It’s a meteor shower with a high number of meteors per hour in the middle of summer when sitting outside for hours in the middle of the night isn’t  likely to result in frostbite.

It turns out it’s also the meteor shower with the most fireballs. So be sure to mark your calendar for August 12 and 13. As with all meteor showers, the best time to observe is the hours before the dawn twilight. For Ann Arbor, that’ll be be about 1:30 – 4:30 AM. The Moon sets around 11:30, so it’s a particularly good year to find a dark site.

In the meantime, don’t forget about the delta aquarid meteor shower. Officially, it peaks around the 29 or 30 of July, but the delta aquarids usually begin several days before the peak and continue for up to 2 weeks after.  So get out there and look up!

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