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08/08/2016 – Ephemeris – This week the Perseid meteors ramp up

August 8, 2016

Ephemeris for Monday, August 8th.  The Sun rises at 6:37.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 20 minutes, setting at 8:58.  The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 11:54 this evening.

The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak for this year between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Friday morning, the 12th.   There is some expectation that there will be an enhancement of meteor numbers on Thursday evening before midnight.  Our problem is that the Moon will be out and bright Thursday evening and will set at 1:31 a.m. Friday morning.  The bright Moon doesn’t preclude seeing meteors, but only the brightest ones will be visible.  Also we have been seeing precursor meteors for the last three weeks, slowly ramping up to Friday morning’s peak.  You’ll see them every night this week.  The meteors are caused by the debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle whose 130 year orbit of the Sun over the millennia, has strewn meteoroids along its orbit.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

The Perseid meteor shower radiant is circumpolar for northern Michigan, so the meteors will be visible all night.

Perseid radiant at 10:30 p.m.

Perseid radiant at 10:30 p.m.

Perseid Meteor Shower radiant after midnight

Perseid Meteor Shower radiant after midnight

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