Shooting stars 2020 : look at the rain of the Perseids on Wednesday, August 12,

SHOOTING STARS - In the night from Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 August 2020, don't miss the most famous rain of shooting stars of the year. Our advice for the o

Shooting stars 2020 : look at the rain of the Perseids on Wednesday, August 12,

SHOOTING STARS - In the night from Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 August 2020, don't miss the most famous rain of shooting stars of the year. Our advice for the observe and find out all about this astronomical phenomenon and the like.

Summary what is the Perseids ? Shooting stars 12-13 August : at what time ? How to observe ? Meaning of a shooting star Next shooting stars > Orionides > Leonids > Géminides > Ursides > Quadrantides > Lyrides > Eta aquarides

[updated on July 16, 2020 at 22h47] On the night of August 12 to 13, 2020, discover the most spectacular shower of shooting stars of the year : The Perseids. If this astronomical phenomenon extends in reality from 17 July to 26 August 2020, it is intensifying, particularly on the night of August 12 to 13, where you can see up to 100 shooting stars per hour. But where does it come from ? The study of the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle, after its passage near the Earth in August, 1862, had led the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835-1910) discovered that the orbit was nearly identical to that of the swarm of dust responsible for the Perseids.

The phenomenon is well known to astronomers : when an asteroid passes close to the Sun, the ice in the upper layers of the star begins to melt and releases the dust trapped. A portion of the dust then accumulates in the wake of the comet and form a sort of swarm that moves on the same orbit. It is essentially when, in his annual motion, the Earth crosses the orbit of a comet - existing or extinct - that there is a shooting star in large numbers and when the Earth passes through a cloud of dust comet that we may have the chance to attend real rain.

are You passionate about astronomy ? You have to constantly head in the stars or, on the contrary, have never been able to observe shooting stars ? Don't miss the appointment on Wednesday 12 August in the evening. Remaining awake and moving comfortably away from the lights the parasites of the city, there is no reason for you to loupiez meteor showers such Perseids 2020. And if you miss it, don't worry : this spectacular phenomenon will last until 26 August. Discover, below, our advice is to observe the shooting stars in the best conditions for the nights to come .

what is the rain of shooting stars of the Perseids ?

Made up of debris from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, the rain of shooting stars of the Perseids is the most famous of the year because one of the most active. This swarm meteorite in the constellation of Perseus runs from 17 July to 26 August this year 2020, with a peak of activity in the night of 12 to August 13. It is the most dramatic of all, with 100 shooting stars observable at the time !

what time to see the Perseids from Wednesday 12 August Thursday 13 August ?

It'll have to be awake early in the night before the rising of the Moon, until 1: 30, to watch the shooting stars the night of Wednesday 12 August Thursday 13 August. In fact, the light of the Moon interferes with the observations and makes invisible the shooting stars. However, if you watch the shooting stars after the rising of the Moon, move if possible back to the Moon. The brightness should not interfere with the observation of meteors more visible, especially if you manage to be away from the city centres or points of light. When you see a meteor, multiply the vows, a tradition well known !

below you will Find all the advice necessary for a good preparation and a good observation of the stars. Lovers of photography will learn all the tricks needed to capture these ballets, fairy-like celestial.

How to watch the shooting stars ?

No danger or need for a specific equipment ! The Perseids are visible to the naked eye by everyone. So there is no need to break out the binoculars or the telescope, given the high speed at which parade the fireballs in the earth's atmosphere (an average of 50 km/hour). About a quarter of the shooting stars leave trails visible for several seconds. To be able to observe this rain of falling stars in an optimum manner, it is not necessary that the sky be obscured by clouds.

If the Perseids are visible to the naked eye, however, it is not obvious, once outside, to know where to direct his gaze. In a first time, be sure to be placed back to the Moon, far from any pollution source of light. A good council ? The site LightPollution Map can help people to identify the darkest areas and therefore, points of view, optimal to observation. Finally, to find the famous summer Triangle, Florent Deleflie, an astronomer at the Observatory of Paris, advises to look at "full and low on the horizon". A sky map will be useful to you, or a mobile application that calculates in real time the position of the stars visible from Earth. If you are already initiated into astronomy, look for the constellation Perseus and Cassiopeia located above it in the sky. The radiant, that is to say, the place where seems from the rain of shooting stars of the Perseids, will be in the middle of the two constellations.

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How to photograph the stars ?

What is the meaning of a shooting star ?

The tradition of stellar, which takes place each year at the same period, will continue, but beware of confusion : there is obviously no"star" per se, but of the dust of asteroids that pass close to our planet, and some of which come into "collision" with the Earth. The shooting stars have nothing to do with the stars. It is a comet off, or an asteroid that, when moving, leaves behind a large number of debris.

luminous Phenomena, shooting stars (or meteors) appear, and each time that tiny meteorites come in contact with the dense layers of the atmosphere, at speeds ranging from 15 to 70 km per second. Due to the friction of the air, these dust - sometimes pebbles, more or less large - become incandescent before they volatilize. Thrilled with their passage, the air becomes luminous, giving the impression of persistent trains seeming to come from the same place in the sky : the constellation of the Lyre for the Lyrides, that of Orion for the Orionides, of Perseus for the Perseids, the Lion, the Leonids or Gemini for Géminides...

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Updated Date: 16 July 2020, 18:57

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