WHAT ARE PERSEIDS AND WHY SHOULD I WATCH FOR THEM? 🌠
requested by @sally and happily obliged! the Perseids are truly soul-renewing and should not be missed!
- •The Perseids are a yearly major meteor shower event.
- •They generally peak around August 9-14; this year, tonight (between August 12 & 13) is the best night for them.
- •They are named after the constellation Perseus, from whence they seem to spring; the Perseides were the children of Perseus and Andromeda or, more generally, people of the House of Perseus.
- •This year is a particularly good year to see them, as tonight will be nearly devoid of moonlight.
- •In some places, you may be able to see as many as 100 meteors per hour.
- •Places with as little light pollution as possible are best, but if you can't get yourself to a beach or rural area, don't worry! You should be able to see some anyway even in an urban area. Binoculars or cameras will not help; your natural eyes are enough and, indeed, best for the task.
- •The Perseids are comprised of the debris breaking off from the comet Swift-Tuttle and then burning up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.
- •The best time of night to see them is typically pre-dawn, or roughly in the 12-4 am range.
- •They are most easily visible in the Northern Hemisphere.
- •This is essentially your best bet for seeing one or, more likely, several shooting stars. I recommend sitting outside with a loved one or, if you need some personal time for introspection and wonderment, alone.
- •Open yourself to it. The universe is truly miraculous. The sky is a marvel, and our home, this small stone journeying through space, is allowed access to so much natural magic.
- •Even if you by some rare chance end up not seeing any of the meteors themselves, this will still be a cleansing and enriching experience. Let the sparkling abyss above you welcome you in. 🌌