Talking Points 2020
- Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of August 11/12th.
- The waning gibbous moon will rise around 12:30am the morning of the 12th and be 44.5% illuminated, just a few hours past the Last Quarter phase.
- The moon will be bright enough to wash out dimmer meteors during the peak viewing time.
- Arkansans can anticipate seeing ~50-70 meteors per hour under a moonlit sky in the pre-dawn hours if away from city lights.
- City dwellers under light polluted skies will see only a fraction of that number, perhaps 20-50 per hour at the peak.
- The first Perseids will appear around 10 pm local time.
- Late evening Perseids can stretch across the sky, and create fireballs, but are much less frequent.
- The best viewing time (highest rates) will be between 2 and 4 am. Set your Alarm Clock!
- According to NASA the Perseids create more Fireballs than any other meteor shower.
- Perseids are some of the fastest meteors, hitting the atmosphere at 132,000 MPH!
- Watch the MeteorCam for Detections and updates.
Visit our story on this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower.
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