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The Slooh Online Observatory will broadcast live footage of the Perseid meteor shower tonight (August 12) starting at 19:00 EDT (2300 GMT).
Hosted by astronomer Slooh Paul Cox, the show will feature live screenshots of the annual “shooting star”; screen at its peak as experts discuss the astronomical event. You can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of Slooh, or directly through Slooh’s YouTube channel.
Full story: Watch the Perseid meteor shower in a free online Slooh broadcast tonight
Slooh’s next mission is to live online a free Star Party with spectacular Perseids Meteor Shower performances. Slooh will feature live meteor showers using special low-light cameras from the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute, the Sharjah Academy of Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology, and several other locations.
The Star Party begins further Wednesday, August 12, starting at 7 PM EDT (23: 00UTC). The general public can watch live on Slooh’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. Slooh members can join in person at the Star Party at Slooh.com using Zoom to interact with Slooh experts.
Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said: “Perseids are usually the most popular meteor shower of the year. Slooh members gather together from all over the world to see direct sources of fear and wonder how fragments of comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle evaporate spectacularly as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere traveling at an astonishing 133,200 mph (60 km per second)!“
About Meteor Perseids Shower
The Perseids Meteor shower is no longer the most fertile of the year, but it is one of the most well-known and trusted. The warm August nights make the meteor look for the Perseids a celestial Summer treat. Meteor observers can expect rates of up to 50-75 meteors per hour under ideal conditions.
Each Perseid meteor we see is a tiny particle released by a comet called 109P / Swift-Tuttle. The comet returns to the inner solar system every 133 years, and is an absolute way out – leaving a trail of debris on its doorstep. As the Earth passes through this path, some of the particles (meteorides) enter the Earth’s atmosphere and evaporate on a breathtaking screen often called a “shooting star.”
Meteor showers are best seen with the naked eye – you need to see the sky as much as possible. But Slooh uses specialized video camera video to capture this fiery celestial event.
Comet particles, called meteoids, are relatively small given the screen they set when they evaporate – most are the size of a grain of sand, although some are the size of a pea. The field of waste is rare – very rare. Meteoroids, moving through space and gradually dispersing, are 60-100 miles away.
The shower is named after the constellation of Perseus, which is the ‘radiant’ of the shower. All of Perseid’s meteors will appear to be traveling away from the radiator, though they can appear anywhere in the sky.
Meteor observers have been disrupted by bright moonlight on many occasions, and this year, the Waning 37% Crescent Moon will intervene slightly during the pre-dawn hours. However, we still have to witness a sleek screen using Slooh ultra-sensitive video cameras.
Event time for Wednesday, August 12, 2020:
Live Stream Starts: 7 PM EDT ¦ 23: 00UTC
End of live broadcast: 11 PM EDT ¦ 03: 00UTC
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