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The annual Perseid meteor shower has just peaked, but it’s not too late to spot one of the “famous shooting stars” in the night sky – or on a live broadcast.
While the best time to watch the shower was early in the morning (August 12), at rates of more than 50 visible meteors per hour, some Perseid meteors will continue to grace the Northern Hemisphere sky for about two more weeks. But the sooner you look, the better, because the number of visible viewers will pamper the day.
If the light-covered skies or city lights prevent you from enjoying your best Perseids, you can still watch the celestial show live thanks to a free online broadcast from the Slooh Online Observatory. Slooh will broadcast live footage of Perseids today at 19:00 EDT (2300 GMT), and you can watch it live here on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.
The general public will be able to watch this event for free on Space.com and Slooh’s YouTube channel, while paid Slooh members can join the “Party Party” through Zoom for an interactive discussion with Slooh experts. (Slooh’s annual membership prices start at $ 50.)
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“Perseids are usually the most popular meteor shower of the year,” Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said in a statement. “Slooh members gather together from all over the world to see direct sources of fear and wonder how fragments of the 109P / Swift-Tuttle comet evaporate spectacularly as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere traveling at an astonishing 133,200 mph (60 km per second)! “
Slooh’s four-hour online tutorial will feature live video footage of the meteor shower from low-light cameras placed on surveillance around the world, including the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute and the Sharjah Academy of Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology in the UAE United Arab Emirates, Slooh officials said in the same statement.
If you missed Slooh’s Perseid watching “Star Party”, you can also watch other recorded videos of meteor shower from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Today ESA released a new video of Perseids captured by the agency’s Canary Long-Baseline Observatory (CILBO) in Tenerife, Canary Islands. The Observatory’s Large Field Intensified Camera, dubbed LIC1, captured 61 meteors – 45 of which were Perseids – in a single night during the peak shower overnight on August 11-12.
The night before, CILBO discovered 37 meteors, about half of which were Perseids, ESA said in a statement.
Perseid meteors are bits and pieces of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which leaves a trail of “comet crumbs” as it travels through the solar system; The other 16 meteors in the ESA video are debris from other comets or asteroids. The Perseids seem to have originated from the constellation Perseus.
Three nights before the peak, on August 8-9, NASA’s All-Sky Fireball Network caught some early Perseid meteors moving up. The All-Sky Fireball Network consists of 17 cameras scattered throughout the United States that track bright meteors known as fireballs.
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