August meteor showers from the swarm Perseids Among the most common astronomical phenomena, not only in Poland, but also throughout the world.
However, falling stars can already be seen in the night sky Max Perseid swarm right in front of us. NASA gives the best date for observation meteor showerHe pointed out that the phenomenon will coincide this year with another important event. August full moon.
Perseids It’s regular meteor shower, observed in the sky for more than 2,000 years. This is made possible by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which travels through the constellations, leaving dust particles in its path, which effectively burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.
The falling stars owe their name to the constellation Perseus, or more precisely – the star “η Percy”, located there. Some also call it “The Tears of Saint Lawrence” because the day of his martyrdom coincides with the time of the meteor showers.
Perseids It is a summer phenomenon that always occurs from mid-July to the second half of August. This year, you can enjoy it in the sky from July 17 to August 24, with Observers will have to deal with maximum meteor showers on the night of August 12-13, 2022.
In what direction to look at the Perseids? In Poland, we will see fallen stars by looking to the northeast, because this is where the constellation Perseus will be located on the night of August 12-13. It is estimated that under ideal conditions it would be possible to monitor Up to 100 shining stars per hour. The easiest way to spot them is in the second half of the night, before sunrise, due to radians rising above the horizon.
To ensure the best conditions for admiration meteor showerAnd the It is worth going out of town to a place where industrial light pollution is relatively low. Tall buildings, bright neon lights and lanterns can effectively spoil the observation of this unusual phenomenon.
Perseids 2022 Best seen in hills, vast fields, clearings or meadows. However, people who live in the capital do not have to leave Warsaw.
Copernicus Science Center for several years Organize starry nightWith it, you can enjoy the meteor shower without unnecessary lighting. Just take a comfortable blanket with you or lie in a reclining chair and turn off your smartphone.
NASA well know the trace Perseids In heaven there is always a great demand. However, the organization decided to inform fans of astronomy about the possible difficulties caused by the full moon. On August 12, the Silver Globe’s shield will appear larger and brighter than usual, significantly deteriorating the Perseids’ vision. Especially if we notice them with the naked eye.
As Bill Cook, a NASA astronomer who directs the Meteor Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, explains.This year’s Perseides summit will bring the worst possible conditions for observers“So only the brightest stars of filming will appear.
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