Per­seids me­teor shower to peak this week­end

The UB Post - - Domestic - By B.OCHIRJAMAA

The Per­seids will peak on the night be­tween Au­gust 12 and Au­gust 13 in Ulaan­baatar.

Astronomers said hun­dreds of shooting stars will streak across the sky be­tween Au­gust 12 and 13 in a dis­play that may be vis­i­ble around the world. With a new moon pro­vid­ing an ex­tra-dark back­drop to the spec­ta­cle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever, ac­cord­ing to astronomers.

The Per­seid me­teor shower oc­curs each year be­tween July 17 and and Au­gust 24 and tend to peak around Au­gust 9 to 13. It oc­curs each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty de­bris left by Comet SwiftTut­tle.

Made of tiny space de­bris from the comet Swift-Tut­tle, the Per­seids are named af­ter the con­stel­la­tion Perseus. This is be­cause the di­rec­tion, or ra­di­ant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same di­rec­tion as Perseus. The Per­seids are widely sought af­ter by astronomers and stargaz­ers be­cause around 60 to 100 me­te­ors can be seen within an hour from a dark place in most years when the me­teor shower is at its peak.

WHAT TIME IS THE ME­TEOR SHOWER TONIGHT?

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est up­date on the posi­ton of the ra­di­ant in the sky, the Per­seids will be ac­tive in the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions in Ulaan­baatar on Au­gust 10.

HOW TO SEE THE PER­SEIDS?

You don’t need any spe­cial equip­ment or a lot of skills to view a me­teor shower. Even though all you re­ally need is a clear sky, lots of pa­tience, and maybe an in­ter­ac­tive me­teor shower sky map with a vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions me­ter to see a me­teor shower, the fol­low­ing tips can help max­i­mize your shooting star view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Find a se­cluded view­ing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 min­utes to get used to the dark. Dress for the weather, and make sure you are com­fort­able, es­pe­cially if you plan to stay out long. Bring a blan­ket or a com­fort­able chair with you—me­teor watch­ing can be a wait­ing game.

Once you have found your view­ing spot, lie down on the ground and look up in the di­rec­tion of the ra­di­ant. Use our In­ter­ac­tive Me­teor Shower Sky Map or the ta­ble above to find the cur­rent di­rec­tion of the ra­di­ant in the sky.

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