People are dazzled by them illuminating the nights. Meteor shower August 2012 can be watched live tonight (video)
Are you a true stargazer? Then, you have a delightful celestial wonder awaiting for you on Sunday night. As per NASA scientists, the 2012 August Perseids will be visible from the night of Sunday, Aug 12 to the early hours of Monday, Aug 13. Get ready to be awake on the night putting aside your fatigue of watching the closing ceremony of the London Olympics to have a glance of the meteors shining in the sky.
Perseids Meteor shower
A meteor shower is a famous celestial event that occurs when lots of meteors start falling from the sky with blaze. Meteors are really the streams of cosmic ruins and they are observable in the sky when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds. The meteors, though visible from the Earth, don’t raise any threat to humans. They are usually washed away as they hit the Earth’s surface.
August Perseids is a well-known meteor shower that takes place in the month of August each year. August Perseids often peak on 12 August every year. The frequency of meteors during the event is one meteor per minute. The August Perseids 2012 is set to happen on the night of Sunday, Aug 12 throughout the early hours of Monday, Aug 13.
Visibility of August Perseids
As per NASA astronauts, the August Perseids 2012 can be visible from many countries across the world. People from Hungary, Spain and many other key European countries, the United States and Canada can have a view of the meteor shower on the night of Sunday and early hours of Monday. On Sunday, as per the specialists, frequency of the meteors will be only 40 per hour.
In the U.S., most people especially from New York City to Chicago, to Denver, to San Francisco and Miami can watch the meteor showers if the weather conditions are good. Moreover, you may not be able to view the showers due to high city pollution and clouds. The chance for residents in Los Angeles to view the 2012 August Perseids is very lower, indeed, NASA warns.
The best time to watch the shower is after 10 p.m. local time (the U.S). It is when the shower will peak with lots of meteors falling from the sky. The shower will also peak on Sunday night between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., NASA scientist said.
No need of filters
To watch a meteor shower, you no longer need to wear special filters or any other eye protection equipment. Stargazers can enjoy the showers with his/her bare eyes. Since it is a long-hour phenomenon, you can just lay on the ground, a bed or a couch to enjoy a quite comfortable view of the Perseids. Most people prefer to sleep on terrace tops in occasion of the shooting stars. Thus, they can watch the meteors and also get into sleep during watching.
Meteor shower is regularly a feast for sky watchers. Sky enthusiasts across the world always carve to have a view of the amazing meteor showers. The 2012 August Perseids is one of famous meteor showers in the world. Along with the November’s Leonids meteor shower, people anxiously wait for the Perseids meteor shower of August.