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VIEWING A METEOR SHOWER - Perseid Leonid Geminid Quadrantid

Old 09-23-2009, 06:51 PM
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As a rule, meteor showers are best viewed under clear, dark skies, from about one to three hours after midnight, local time. At that time of night, the speed of Earth's rotation combines with that of its orbital motion, so that the viewer is "plowing into" a cometary debris trail at maximum speed. Because a meteor shower covers a fairly broad region of sky, it is best viewed with the naked eye; binoculars and telescopes restrict the field of vision.

The intensity of the shower may vary from only a few strikes to many hundreds of strikes per hour. Simply find a spot well away from the glare of city or mall lights, cast your eyes in the direction (usually eastward) of the constellation for which the respective shower is named, and watch the show.

Major meteor showers last three days or longer, so if you are unable to catch one on its peak night, you might still be able to see a lesser show the night before or after.

There are many meteor events through out the year, the shower Perseid, Leonid, Geminid, Quadrantid being the best known and easily seen with the naked eye.

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