Perseids: don’t miss the meteor shower peak this week

The Perseids are a meteor shower, that is to say a swarm of meteors, visible in the Earth’s atmosphere. Made up of debris from comet Swift-Tuttle, their size ranges from that of a grain of sand to that of a pea. Don’t miss them: they will be especially visible between August 12 and 15.


It’s time to look up at the sky in the evening! Until August 15 (maximum August 25) you can admire in the sky the Perseids, this meteor swarm made up of comet debris Swift-Tuttle and whose size is between that of a grain of sand and that of a pea. This is the most spectacular and popular swarm of the year, given that it occurs, for the northern hemisphere, during the summer period. Best to watch from 2 to 5 in the morning, so don’t hesitate to heat the thermos right now!

The Perseids, this rain of shooting stars visible until August 15

Like every year, the Perseid meteor shower is one of the most anticipated events for astronomy enthusiasts. The peak of activity is expected this year from August 10 to 15, 2020, from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. The Perseids owe their name to the constellation Perseus, the radiant from which they seem to come. They enter the atmosphere at a speed of 58 km / s, or more than 200,000 km / h.

This year, forecasts estimate that about 110 meteors will be visible per hour. During the night of August 12 to 13, two small surplus shooting stars are even provided by specialists. The first will take place on August 12 at 10 p.m. and the second on August 13 at around 3:37 a.m.

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According to the Cité de l’Espace, to admire these fleeting light trails, all you need to do is ” to sit comfortably in order to embrace with the naked eye the night sky with a clear horizon, if possible towards the constellation of Perseus. This is located towards the Northeast ».

In addition, August 12, 2021 will take place three days before the first quarter of the Moon. Our satellite will therefore be lying in the second part of its night, right at the time when the number of meteors will be the most important. It will therefore not be necessary especially not to miss the Perseids that night, especially if you are on vacation in a place free from any light pollution …


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