LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The meteor shower tonight time could deliver a possible extra night of Perseid excitement. Initially, the meteor shower start time was not to include this evening. But shooting stars from the comet Swift-Tuttle could arrive this evening August 13, 2012 and/or continue into the morning of August 14, 2012, NASA tells news.
The confusion over the Perseid Meteor Shower start time tonight is being fueled by unusually favorable weather conditions this August 2012. NASA and Earth Sky are reporting that the Perseid Meteor Shower may return again tonight, the evening of August 13 into the morning of August 14, delivering a possible extra night of stargazing for fans.
Normally, Perseid Meteor Showers span three days. Perseid usually is seen the evenings of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth of August. Moreover, the peak start time is usually the evening of the eleventh into the morning of the twelfth.
But this Monday morning, if you were outside, you saw what happened. Many news analysts were quick to report that last night, the evening of the twelfth, might have been the peak this year. Normally, the peak falls twenty-four hours earlier. Perseids’ display is always strongest in the morning hours right before sunrise. So if you got up early Monday morning, you saw the incredible magnitude that this 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower is delivering.
So what does that mean for tonight? NASA and others are reporting that a possible, but not guaranteed, meteor shower will continue the evening of August 13 into the morning of August 14. It will not be as exceptional as last night. But assuming weather patterns near you are the same as last night, you might get a decent display.
What time does the meteor shower start tonight August 13, 2012? NASA tells news that the show begins in this evening between 10 and 11 pm locally where you are. But the best display is not in the evening but the hours right before dawn the following morning. As a result, if a meteor shower lights up the sky one more time this August, you could see it beginning possibly between 10 and 11 pm Monday night and increasing on Tuesday morning before sunrise.
The star times are the same locally irrespective of where you live. The variable, however, is the weather and your surroundings. As NASA reminds news, the further you are away from others lights (lamppost, street lights, etc), the better the display. News analysts for years, however, have been erroneously telling readers that Perseid can only be seen well outside city lights; that’s really not true. Even in a densely populated suburban community, you will get a good display on the peak night.
So what will fans possibly see tonight? NASA tells news that on “the nights of Aug. 11th through 13th, the best meteor shower of the year will fill pre-dawn skies with hundreds of shooting stars.”
NASA suggests a slight crescent moon could return tonight. That moon is passing from Venus “as Jupiter hovers overhead.” The contrast of the crescent moon and the shooting stars gives a great moment for photographers.
If the showers return tonight, not expect a peak. We are definitely pass the peak by tonight. But will “you see more meteors on the morning of August 14,” Earth Sky asks. “You might, although we’re now past the peak, and the Perseids typically fall off fairly rapidly after their peak – although this year seems to be an exception to that so far. The August 14 morning might be worth a try. As always, the hours between midnight and dawn are the best time for meteor-watching, no matter where you are on the globe.” After tonight, the next big stargazing spectacle is August 31, 2012, as the Blue Moon returns. For more about this year’s Perseids, click HERE.
If you enjoyed Perseids, then you might want to take out a pencil and mark the rest of your calendar for other great annual meteor showers coming up. Orionids arrives on the evening of October 20, news analysts tell fans. Then Leonids arrives on the night of November 17 followed by Geminids on the night of December 13. And if enjoy eclipses, you have two more arriving this year, NASA tells news. November 13 will herald the arrival of a total solar eclipse, the only one for this year, and November 28 will excite fans with this year’s only penumbral lunar eclipse.