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The annual Perseid meteor shower has just hit its climax, but it’s not too late to spot one of the famous “shooting stars” in the night sky – or in a live web broadcast.
Although the best time to watch the showers is early this morning (August 12), at a rate of more than 50 meteors visible per hour, some Perseid meteors will continue to appear in the North Hemisphere in about two weeks. But the earlier you look, the better, as the number of visible light trails will decrease with day.
If overcast skies or city lights prevent you from enjoying the Perseids at their best, you can still watch the celestial show online thanks to a free webcast from online observatory Slooh. Slooh will live stream Perseids views today at 7pm EDT (2300 GMT) and can be viewed live here on Space.com, with permission from Slooh.
The public will be able to watch the event for free on Space.com and on Slooh̵7;s YouTube channel, while paid Slooh members can join the “Star Party” via Zoom for interactive discussions with Slooh experts. . (Slooh’s annual membership prices start at $ 50.)
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Videos provided by Slooh. Visit Slooh.com to take and share your own photos from this live event, and interact with our hosts and guests, and control Slooh’s telescope yourself.
“Perseids are usually the most common meteor shower of the year,” Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said in a statement. “The Slooh members gathered together from all over the world to watch the live feed in amazement and amazement as the debris of comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle evaporated dramatically as They enter Earth’s atmosphere at an astonishing 133,200 miles / hour (60 km / s)! “
Slooh’s four-hour webcast will feature live video of the meteor shower from low-light cameras located at observatories around the world, including the Canary Islands Institute for Astrophysics and the Sharjah Academy. Astronomy, Space Science and Technology in United Arab Emirates officials, Slooh said in the same statement.
If you missed the “Party of the Stars” while watching Slooh’s Perseid, you can also check out other recorded videos of meteor shower from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).
ESA released a new video on Perseids today recorded by its Canary Baseline Observatory (CILBO) on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The observatory’s high-angle intensity camera, known as LIC1, captured 61 meteors – 45 of which were Perseids – in a single night during the peak of the 11-12 night rain. 8.
The night before, CILBO detected 37 meteors, about half of which were Perseids, ESA said in a statement.
Perseid meteorites are fragments of Comet Swift-Tuttle, leaving traces of “comet debris” as it travels through the solar system; The other 16 meteors in ESA video are debris from other comets or asteroids. Perseids appear to be derived from the constellation Perseus.
Three nights before peaking, on August 8-9, NASA’s Sky Ball Network captured some of the Perseid meteors that originally appeared overhead. The network of fireballs across the sky consists of 17 cameras scattered across the United States that track bright meteors known as fireballs.
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