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2017 Perseids Meteor Shower, Over New England, As Usual Will Peak Around August 11 – 13.

by Anura Guruge


Perseids Meteor Shower over New Hampshire New England


The Perseids Meteor Shower happens each and every year, without fail, in ‘mid-August’. This is because at that time the Earth crosses the path of the repeatedly left behind debris from the periodic comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle — which orbits the Sun with a 133.28 year orbital period. It was discovered in 1862 BUT may have been orbiting the Sun long before that. It was last seen from Earth in 1992. The next time around be in 2126.

It is difficult to predict how good (i.e., spectacular) it will be in a given year. In 2016 they said it would be huge — but it didn’t quite live up to the billing though I did see a few. The weather might not cooperate this year — though it is a bit early to tell. Rain is predicted for August 11, though this could change. There will be some moon BUT that should not be an issue.

109P/Swift-Tuttle has an perihelion distance of 0.96 AU (i.e., just inside Earth’s orbit) and an aphelion of 51.2 AU — which takes it past Pluto.

The name of the Meteor Shower, i.e., Perseids, comes from the constellation Perseus — where the meteors appear to originate. See image above.


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Think – Today: Why Is It Called ‘Monday’?

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Have you ever wondered why ‘Monday’ is ‘Monday’?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’Meteor showers occur when Earth enters debris trails left behind by comets, typically periodic comets such as Haley’s. The Meteors are small particles of debris burning up as they cross the Earth’s atmosphere.


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Think – Today: What Causes Meteor Showers?

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What causes meteor showers to occur (or why do meteor showers take place)? 


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: Thanksgiving was celebrated on Thursdays, rather than Fridays, to put some space between it and the Sabbath day observed by Puritan colonists. Around New England, in colonial days, many ministers had got into the habit of delivering a sermon on Thursday afternoons. So there was already a minor ‘holy-day‘ connotation associated with Thursdays.


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2016 Perseid Meteors Over New Hampshire, August 11 — I Saw A Few.

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Click to ENLARGE. Base skymap (as ever) from: neave.com/planetarium/


Yes, there are SOME Perseid Meteors out there BUT it was NOT a huge display.

I went outside, in Central New Hampshire (viz. Alton), on Thursday night, August 11, 2016 at 11:30pm. It was fairly dark. I kept the outside lights off. The sky was clear. I could clearly see Cassiopeia. So I knew that visibility, for once, would not be an issue.

To start with, i.e., first 3-4 minutes, saw nothing. Just a few, very faint twinkles. Could have been anything.

Then TOGETHER, two bright and long streaks — one noticeably green from the North and the other from the opposite direction. They crossed before burning out.

Then nothing for about another 4 minutes. Then a much smaller one … and a similar time later a fourth medium sized one.

Lots of flickering up there. Lots of ‘crickets’ chirping out there — non-stop. There was a grasshopper in the house yesterday. So could be those too. And even possibly cicadas. 


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How To Photograph The 2016 Perseids Meteor Shower, August 11 – 12 — Per Olympus.

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Perseids Meteor Shower over New Hampshire New England

Click for my main 2016 Perseids Meteor post from August 8.


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2016 Annual Perseids Meteor Shower, August 11 – 12, Expected To Be BIG — 200/Meteors/Hour.

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Perseids on August 12, 2007 from NASA.


Perseids Meteor Shower over New Hampshire New England


The Perseids Meteor Shower happens each and every year, without fail, in ‘mid-August’. This is because at that time the Earth crosses the path of the repeatedly left behind debris from the periodic comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle — which orbits the Sun with a 133.28 year orbital period. It was discovered in 1862 BUT may have been orbiting the Sun long before that. It was last seen from Earth in 1992. The next time around be in 2126.

109P/Swift-Tuttle has an perihelion distance of 0.96 AU (i.e., just inside Earth’s orbit) and an aphelion of 51.2 AU — which takes it past Pluto.

The name of the Meteor Shower, i.e., Perseids, comes from the constellation Perseus — where the meteors appear to originate. See image above.


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Today, Boxing Day, December 26, 2013 Would Have Been Comet ISON’s Closest Approach to Earth IF It Had Survived …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click to ENLARGE. Updated image from my 'ISON for Kids' book.

Click to ENLARGE. Updated image from my ‘ISON for Kids’ book.


 

Restored German WW II Flakfernrohr Binoculars (Flak Glasses) For Astronomy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I got this lovely e-mail and photograph, yesterday, from a reader in North Carolina.

Here is what he had to say:
“Hello Anu, You may remember I wrote you a email after reading your kindle ebook on Comet ISON a few months ago.

I had begun restoring a pair of German WW2 flak glasses to use on the comet of the epoc. I finished the restoration before Thanksgiving and i had them mounted on a period Arriflex tripod ready for ISON to round the sun when it bit the dust so to speak. I just wanted to send you a pic of the restoration because you expressed an interest in seeing them. It is too bad ISON didn’t perform for us but perhaps I will get a chance to use them on the meteor shower. The views through these glasses are simply outstanding.

James in NC.”

I had to, with his kind permission, share this with you.


Click to ENLARGE. Jame's restored Flakfernrohr.

Click to ENLARGE. Jame’s restored Flakfernrohr.


Though I, a committed Brit, try to stay away from things German, I kind of liked the idea of these, though the thought bloody Germans using them to harm the Brave Allied pilots kind of makes me cringe. So, I, as ever Googled and found two intriguing entries … one in our favorite ‘How the Other Half Livescatalog.

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Shooting Stars Over New Hampshire The Next Few ‘Nights’. Very Active Geminid Meteor Shower Peaking December 13 – 14, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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>>Dec. 13, 2012.

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Please check last year’s post on the Geminids for more detail.
Please search ‘meteor’ (>>>>) for tons of additional background on meteors and the other showers
including possible one, soon, from Comet ISON.

Where to look for the Geminids — over New Hampshire.

Jupiter is right there to help you.

Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge just for you.

Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge just for you.


NASA created orbital map of 39 Geminid 2013 major shooting stars
seen over the last few days.

Earth is the small blue dot at 1 o’clock.
The bigger yellow blob is the Sun.

All the debris, left behind by the asteroid,
is, of course, following the asteroid’s
orbital path around the Sun.

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Remnants Of Comet ISON: Latest December 2013 Videos From NASA’s STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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>>Dec. 2, 2013.
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Basically it is a tightly packed dust cloud right now.

This dust cloud will cross Earth’s orbital path January 3 – 4.

We could still get some fireworks.

A spectacular meteor shower
… and another later.

So we haven’t seen the end of ISON.

We probably won’t for years to come.

Every year, as we orbit the Sun, we will CONTINUE to cut across
the dust trail being left behind by ISON.