meteor 300KENTUCKY (8/2/12) – For those looking for an interesting night of original visual entertainment, the famed Perseids Meteor Shower of 2012 is right around the corner.
The Perseids Meteor Shower has been a favorite for star gazers around the globe for over 20 centuries now. From a historical point of view, the Catholic religion is a great follower of this particular meteor shower, due mainly to the timing. The early to mid-days of the month of August are the best times to view Perseids meteors. Ironically, August 10 is when the Catholic saint, Lawrence, became a martyr. Catholic individuals refer to the shower as the “Tears of St. Lawrence.”
The best times this month to see the Perseids Meteors will likely be right around that very day, August 10, due to lunar issues. The current issue with seeing the meteors is related to the full moon. The light from a full moon generally overwhelms the aura of the meteors, making them harder to see. By the 11th of August, the full moon should have passed.
On a related note, the best hours of the night to view meteors, also due to lunar issues, is after midnight and often in the very early morning hours before the sun breaks the horizon.
SurfKY News invites local photography enthusiasts to send us your photos of the meteors taken this year of meteors in the Perseids shower, for publication on our site. Be sure to send all the information with your photos, including your name, location when the photos were taken, time they were taken, and any personal thoughts on this years’ shower.
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