With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower. It’ll peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.
The Annual Perseid Show Is the All-Time Favorite
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter- Psalm 74:17 (KJV).
When and How Should I Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower?
Don’t wait until the peak nights of the 2015 Perseid shower to watch for meteors this year. Start watching in the second week of August, when the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is rambling along steadily, reliably producing meteors each night. Then keep watching in the second week of August, when the Perseids are rising to a peak. The Perseid shower is known to rise gradually to a peak, then fall off rapidly afterwards. In early August (and even through the peak nights), you’ll see them combine with meteors from the Delta Aquarid shower. Overall, the meteors will be increasing in number from early August onward, and better yet, the moonlight will diminish until the new moon on August 14, 2015 (Source: Earth and Sky)
Don’t Rule Out Early Evenings
As a general rule, the Perseid meteors tend to be few and far between at nightfall and early evening. Yet, if God smiles upon you, you could catch an earthgrazer – a looooong, slow, colorful meteor traveling horizontally across the evening sky. Earthgrazer meteors are rare but most exciting and memorable, if you happen to spot one. Perseid earthgrazers can only appear at early to mid-evening, when the radiant point of the shower is close to the horizon.
As evening deepens into late night, and the meteor shower radiant climbs higher in the sky, more and more Perseid meteors streak the nighttime. The meteors don’t really start to pick up steam until after midnight, and usually don’t bombard the sky most abundantly until the wee hours before dawn. You may see 50 or so meteors per hour in a dark sky.
General Rules for Perseid-Watching
You need no special equipment to enjoy this nighttime spectacle. You don’t even have to know the constellations. But you’ll definitely want to find a dark, open sky to fully enjoy the show. It also helps to be a night owl. Give yourself at least an hour of observing time, for these meteors in meteor showers come in spurts and are interspersed with lulls.
An open sky is essential because these meteors fly across the sky in many different directions and in front of numerous constellations. If you trace the paths of the Perseid meteors backward, you’d find they come from a point in front of the constellation Perseus. But once again, you don’t need to know Perseus or any other constellation to watch this or any meteor shower.
Enjoy the comfort of a reclining lawn chair and look upward in a dark sky, far away from pesky artificial lights. Remember, your eyes can take as long as twenty minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night. So don’t rush the process. All good things come to those who wait.
What’s the Source of the Perseid Meteor Shower?
Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. Debris from this comet litters the comet’s orbit, but we don’t really get into the thick of the comet rubble until after the first week of August. The bits and pieces from Comet Swift-Tuttle slam into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at some 210,000 kilometers (132,000 miles) per hour, lighting up the nighttime with fast-moving Perseid meteors. If our planet happens to pass through an unusually dense clump of meteoroids – comet rubble – we’ll see an elevated number of meteors. We can always hope!
Comet Swift-Tuttle has a very eccentric – oblong – orbit that takes this comet outside the orbit of Pluto when farthest from the sun, and inside the Earth’s orbit when closest to the sun. It orbits the sun in a period of about 133 years. Every time this comet passes through the inner solar system, the sun warms and softens up the ices in the comet, causing it to release fresh comet material into its orbital stream. Comet Swift-Tuttle last reached perihelion– closest point to the sun – in December 1992 and will do so next in July 2126.
Although the Perseid meteor shower gives us one of the more reliable productions of the year, the ins and outs of any meteor shower cannot be known with absolute certainty. Forecasting the time and intensity of any meteor shower’s peak – or multiple peaks – is akin to predicting the outcome of a sporting event. There’s always the element of surprise and uncertainty. Depending on the year, the shower can exceed, or fall shy, of expectation.
God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend – Job 37:5 (KJV).
The swift-moving and often bright Perseid meteors frequently leave persistent trains– ionized gas trails lasting for a few moments after the meteor has already gone. Watch for these meteors to streak the nighttime in front of the age-old, lore-laden constellations from late night until dawn as we approach the second weekend in August. The Perseids should put out a few dozen meteors per hour in the wee hours of the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.
What is the Radiant Point for the Perseid Meteor Shower?
If you trace all the Perseid meteors backward, they all seem to come from the constellation Perseus, near the famous Double Cluster. The constellation, was named after the greek mythology god, Perseus.
Shameful that paganism has crept into the beautiful glory of God’s work, and not without punishment as we see from the scriptures below.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.; – Romans 1:25 (KJV).
And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. – 2 Kings 17:16 (KJV).
And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. – 2 Kings 23:4-5 (KJV).
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. – Isaiah 47:13 (KJV).
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven- Deuteronomy 4:19 (KJV).
However, this is a chance alignment of the meteor shower radiant with the constellation Perseus. The stars in Perseus are light-years distant while these meteors burn up about 100 kilometers (60 miles) above the Earth’s surface. If any meteor survives its fiery plunge to hit the ground intact, the remaining portion is called a meteorite. Few – if any – meteors in meteor showers become meteorites, however, because of the flimsy nature of comet debris. Most meteorites are the remains of asteroids.
In our day and age of expanded artificial lighting, fewer and fewer people have actually seen the wonders of an inky black night sky. Why not make a date with the Perseid meteor shower and witness one of nature’s most remarkable sky shows?
Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: – Job 5:10 (KJV).
The new moon will emerge on August 14. During the event, it is obscured from view and is positioned at the same side of the Earth as the sun. The low light from the moon will give astronomers a good view of the night sky. A new moon is the first phase of the moon when it orbits as seen from the Earth – the moment when the moon and the Sun have the same ecliptical longitude.
A supermoon is the coincidence of a full or new moon with the closest approach to Earth on its elliptical orbit. Called a “perigee moon”, the event results in the moon appearing brighter and larger. The next supermoon will occur on 29 August, but the closest and largest full supermoon will fall on 28 September.
The next three full moons on 29 August, 28 September and 27 October are all supermoons because the centres of these full moons and the centre of Earth are less than 361,836km (224,834 miles) apart.
Look for the best show of the Perseid meteor shower in the predawn hours of August 11, 12, 13 and 14, peaking on 12-14th. While The Perseid meteors won’t be as plentiful as they are at its peak around August 12-14th, another shower, the Delta Aquarids,will be added into the mix! Giving us even more opportunities to see the incredible rainfall of shooting stars. Be sure to check out the video below!
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speakof them, they are more than can be numbered- Psalm 40:5 (KJV).
I hope you all will be able to go outside and see the most amazing things that God has bestowed upon us. I am always amazed and humbled by the awesome and incredible power of God! Always remember, when you see what God has made in this vast universe, praise him, for he is worthy to be praised! I personally thank him for giving us the Bible, the wisdom, and his understanding. Most of all, I thank him for the relationship with Jesus, who brought redemption and washed me clean of all my sins! Where would I be without him? How about you- do you have a personal relationship with our Risen King and Savior, Jesus Christ?
That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it. – Psalm 109:27 (KJV).
In the Faithful Service of Jesus Christ,
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And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke -Acts 2:19 (KJV).
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork -Psalm 19:1 (KJV).
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. – Psalms 33:6 (KJV).
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. – Psalms 147:4-5 (KJV).
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:- Amos 5:8 (KJV).
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. – Nehemiah 9:6 (KJV).
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. – Isaiah 40:26 (KJV).
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. – Job 9:7-9 (KJV).
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? – Job 38:31-33 (KJV).