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 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.

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
Perseid Fireball
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Perseid Fireball.avi
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Perseid Meteor.avi
Perseid Meteor.avi
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Perseid Meteor.wmv
Perseid Meteor.wmv
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