Per­seid me­teor shower to start Wed­nes­day: mu­seum

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Stargaz­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to see the Per­seid me­teor shower, thanks to low in­ter­fer­ence from moon­light, the Taipei As­tro­nom­i­cal Mu­seum said Wed­nes­day.

One of the most promis­ing me­teor showers each year — along with the the Quad­ran­tids in Jan­uary and the Gem­i­nids in De­cem­ber — the Per­seids will peak Thurs­day af­ter­noon, with 100 me­te­ors per hour pre­dicted.

For as­tron­omy buffs in Tai­wan, the best time to catch the ce­les­tial event falls some time be­tween 10 p.m. Wed­nes­day, when the Per­seids as­cend, and sunrise Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum.

Thanks to the new moon, it could be an ex­cel­lent time for ob­ser­va­tion, it said.

The Per­seid shower pro­duces dozens of me­te­ors per hour from a ra­di­ant near the North Star, where the Per­seid me­te­oroids strike the Earth’s at­mos­phere and burn up, it said.

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau forecast gen­er­ally clear skies for Wed­nes­day night.

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