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Perseid Meteor Shower in Sterling, Va.: Moonless Sky to Make for Spectacular Viewing August 11-13

August 11, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower in Sterling: Moonless Sky to Make for Spectacular Viewing August 11-13


Everything you need to know: Perseid meteor shower in Sterling

No matter where you live worldwide, the 2015 Perseid meteor shower will probably be fine on the mornings of August 11, 12, 13 and 14, with the nod going to August 13. On a dark, moonless night, you can often see 50 or more meteors per hour from northerly latitudes

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower


The 2015 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12 and 13. A new moon on August 14, 2015 will create perfect conditions for watching the meteor shower.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html


CNN Wire reports via KTLA 5:


A moonless evening could give stargazers a fantastic light show (this) week.

The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is known for being among the brightest of meteor showers, is happening near the tail end of summer.

The major meteor shower will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere.

"If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," NASA says. "The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower."

The best part about the showing is that it will happen a day before the new moon, meaning the night skies will be dark and perfect for meteor spotting. Under clear and dark skies, observers could expect to see up to 100 shooting stars an hour.

Astronomy experts say that those conditions have not been available since 2010.

http://ktla.com/2015/08/11/moonless-sky-will-make-for-spectacular-2015-perseid-meteor-shower/

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