2023 Perseid Meteor Shower: Spectacular Celestial Show on August 12–13

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The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to make its grand appearance on the night of August 12–13.

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Unlike last year, observers won't contend with a full Moon's brightness. Instead, an 8%-illuminated crescent will rise around 3 a.m. local time in the eastern sky as dawn emerges.

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This year's Perseids could potentially feature two meteor outbursts during and after the shower's peak, enhancing the experience.

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The Perseids exhibit a rate of approximately one meteor per minute in dark skies, making a countryside trip advisable for optimal viewing.

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No special equipment is needed, just a reclining chair, snacks, warm clothing, and perhaps family and friends to join the meteor-watching session.

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The radiant point of the Perseid shower climbs higher in the northeastern sky by 11 p.m., leading to a higher frequency of visible meteors.

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Even in suburban areas, observers will enjoy a good show, though urban settings will experience fewer visible meteors.

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Composite photos depict meteors as falling like rain, even though they appear individually or in short bursts, creating an enjoyable anticipation for the next streak of meteoric light.

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The peak viewing time for the Perseids is between midnight and dawn on August 13th, with the radiant point rising higher in the night sky.

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The Perseids originate from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which periodically crosses Earth's orbit, and its dust trail creates the meteor shower. The larger particles result in bright Perseid fireballs.