Talking Points 2016

  • Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of August 11/12th.
  • Arkansans can anticipate seeing 80-120 meteors per hour under a dark sky at maximum.
  • 2016 may be an outburst year with rates up to 200 meteors per hour!
  • The last “outburst” year was 2009!
  • The first Perseids will appear around 10 pm local time.
  • Late evening Perseids can stretch across the sky, but are less frequent.
  • The best viewing time (highest rates) will be between 2 and 4 am.  Set your Alarm Clock!
  • The Moon will be just past First Quarter and will set prior to peak rates.
  • 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.

 

The table below shows our forecast for this year’s meteor shower.  It includes peak rates we would expect if this is a normal year and what might occur if it is an outburst year.  Peak rates are generally between 2-4 am.  City sky rates are lower primarily due to light pollution.

Night of… Moonset – % Illuminated Peak Rates
Dark Sky / City Sky
Outburst Rates
Dark Sky / City Sky
Aug. 09/10 Midnight -45% 20-30 / 10-15 25-35 / 10-20
Aug. 10/11 12:35am – 55% 30-60 / 15-30 40-75 / 15-30
Aug. 11/12 (Peak) 1:15am – 64% 60-100 / 50-80 150-200 / 75-125
Aug. 12/13 2am – 73% 25-50 / 15-25 50-75 / 30-50

Visit our story on this year’s shower for more details and viewing tips.

Media Resources

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Perseid Meteor Shower Radiant (point where meteors appear to be coming from) as it appears over Arkansas at midnight on August 12 (night of the 11th).

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Perseid Meteor Shower Radiant (point where meteors appear to be coming from) as it appears over Arkansas at midnight on August 12 (night of the 11th).

Perseid Fireball

Perseid Fireball that came down over Arkansas August 7, 2013 @ 4:41am. Video clips of the event can be found below. Click to see full size image.

Perseid Meteor

Perseid Meteor that came down over Arkansas August 7, 2013 @ 12:22am. Video clips of the event can be found below. Click to see full size image.


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Perseid Fireball
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