Perseid Meteor Shower 2014

 

source: http://www.gizmag.com/2013-perseid-meteor-shower-fireball-king/28605/
source: http://www.gizmag.com/2013-perseid-meteor-shower-fireball-king/28605/

It was a spectacular view. Right before my naked eye, I’ve witnessed around 30 meteors. It was 2 years ago in December.The name of this meteor shower is Geminid meteor shower. So, I did a research about meteor showers to know whether I can see them every year. And yes! I found out that in a year, there are 2 visible active meteor showers in my location. The first is Perseid Meteor Shower which is from August 11-13 and Geminid Meteor Shower which is from December 13-14. There are more to these meteor showers but these 2 have the most meteors and you can see them with your naked eye. But, how can you really witness these meteors clearly?

These are the things to do:

1. These Meteor showers peak before dawn so you have to be positioned in a dark place.

2. The moon should not be bright by that time so that it won’t hamper the meteors’ light.

3. Stay on the ground where you can lay your blanket or the roof would do.

4. You have to be fully awake and alert if you want to spot the meteors.

5. If you have a telescope, it would give a very clear view but in a limited area. Your naked eye would be best because you can see the whole sky.

6. These meteors don’t fall together. They fall every after each other so you have to be patient.

7. Lastly, according to superstitions, meteor showers or falling stars make your wish come true. So, try to wish. It wouldn’t hurt trying.

I hope you will have the chance to see these falling stars. I am too excited to see them but unfortunately, a super moon will occur on August 11 so it would not be possible seeing them on this date. Better luck the next day.

For more information about the Perseid Meteor Shower, click here.

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