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Slooh Online Observatory will live stream Perseid meteor shower on Wednesday night (August 12) starting at 7pm EDT (2300 GMT).
Organized by Slooh human astronomer Paul Cox, the show will showcase live displays of the annual “shooting star”; as experts discuss the astronomical event. You can watch live in the window above, with permission from Slooh or directly via Slooh’s YouTube channel.
Slooh’s next mission is to stream the public Star Party for free with the spectacular Perseids Meteor Shower. Slooh will showcase live streams of meteors using special low-light video cameras from the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, Sharjah Academy of Astronomy, Space Science & Technology, and a number of other locations.
Star Party started in Wednesday, August 12, 7pm EDT (23: 00UTC). The public can watch it live on Slooh’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. Slooh members can join the Star Party at Slooh.com on their own using Zoom to interact with Slooh’s experts.
Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said: “The Perseids are usually the most common meteor shower of the year. Slooh members gathered together from around the world to watch live feeds in amazement and amazement as the debris of comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle evaporated dramatically as they Enter the Earth’s atmosphere at an astonishing 133,200 miles / hour (60 km / s)!“
An introduction to the Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids are not the most prosperous of the year, but it is one of the most common and reliable. The warm August nights make meteor viewing for the Perseids a great summer snack. Meteor watchers can expect speeds of up to 50-75 meteors per hour under ideal conditions.
Each Perseid meteor that we see is a tiny particle emitted by a comet called 109P / Swift-Tuttle. The comet returns to the solar system every 133 years, and it is an absolute trash – leaving traces of debris after it awakens. As Earth passes through this trail, some particles (meteors) enter Earth’s atmosphere and evaporate in a spectacular display commonly referred to as a “meteor”.
The meteor shower is best visible to the naked eye – you need to see the sky as much as possible. But Slooh uses a dedicated low-light video camera to record this fiery celestial event.
Comet particles, known as meteors, are relatively small with the display they place on the screen as they evaporate – mostly the size of grains of sand, though a small number are the size of pea . The field is sparse – very sparse. The celestial bodies, passing through space and gradually dispersing, are about 60-100 miles away.
The shower is named after the constellation Perseus, which is the ‘ray of light’ of the shower. All Perseid meteors will appear to be moving away from dawn, although they may appear anywhere in the sky.
Meteor watchers have been thwarted by bright moonlight several times, and this year, the 37% waning Moon will cause some noise in the hours before dawn. However, we will still see a nice screen when using Slooh’s dedicated super-sensitive video camera.
Event period on Wednesday, August 12, 2020:
Live streaming starts: 7pm EDT ¦ 23: 00UTC
Live stream ends: 11pm EDT ¦ 03: 00UTC
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