Tuesday, May 22, 2007

2007 Perseid Meteor Shower

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - Tuesday, August 14, 2007
1:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Camping out at NY Green Fest will give good opportunities to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. It is one of the best meteor showers of the year. 2007 is a good year for viewing the Perseid Shower because the moon is new on Sun., Aug. 12, the night the shower will be at its peak. Perseid meteors fly out of the constellation Perseus, hence their name. The best time to watch is during the hours before sunrise when Perseus is high in the sky. Watch the meteors between 2 a.m. and dawn.

The source of the shower is Comet Swift-Tuttle. Although the comet is not near Earth, the comet's wide tail intersects Earth's orbit. Tiny bits of comet dust hit Earth's atmosphere traveling 132,000 mph. At that speed, even a tiny smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light--a meteor--when it disintegrates. The shower is most intense when Earth is in the dustiest part of the tail.