08/11/2016 – Ephemeris – The Perseid meteors will peak tonight!
Ephemeris for Thursday, August 11th. The Sun rises at 6:41. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 12 minutes, setting at 8:53. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 1:31 tomorrow morning.
This evening and tomorrow morning we should see the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. There is the expected broad peak of the shower which for us is after sunrise. However the meteoroid stream isn’t monolithic. Each pass of the comet in the inner solar system superimposes its debris on the general stream, so we will have increased activity all night tonight and even into Saturday morning. In general Perseid meteors will be seen to come from the northeast. The evening view will be hampered by the Moon which will drown out the dimmer meteors. The best time to view is after the Moon sets at 1:31 tomorrow morning until morning twilight becomes noticeable around 5 a.m. when over 100 meteors might be spotted an hour.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.