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Perseid meteor showers set to peak

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the highlights in the skygazers' calendar, is set to peak in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The peak will see about one meteor per minute at 06:00 GMT, although meteors will still be visible until 22 August.

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This shows the ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate), which is the number of meteors an observer would see under a very dark sky with the radiant of the shower in zenith.
ZHRmax = 29 based on 3245 Perseids reported in 823 intervals, assuming population index r = 2.0

Time (UTC)SolarlonnINTnPERZHR Particle density
2011-07-21 13:52118.314305±55 / 109·km3
2011-07-23 14:24120.2441153±13 / 109·km3
2011-07-26 02:43122.64514257±17 / 109·km3
2011-07-27 20:57124.32731597±17 / 109·km3
2011-07-30 06:12126.607681296±16 / 109·km3
2011-07-31 16:36127.979652019±19 / 109·km3
2011-08-01 23:13129.1995720413±112 / 109·km3
2011-08-02 18:13129.9575820210±19 / 109·km3
2011-08-03 07:46130.4976120111±110 / 109·km3
2011-08-03 23:12131.1134320413±112 / 109·km3
2011-08-04 08:25131.4804620313±112 / 109·km3
2011-08-04 23:28132.0803720416±115 / 109·km3
2011-08-05 10:55132.5384420414±113 / 109·km3
2011-08-05 23:17133.0314621414±113 / 109·km3
2011-08-06 10:11133.4665420212±111 / 109·km3
2011-08-07 00:08134.0233920216±115 / 109·km3
2011-08-07 10:42134.4444120118±117 / 109·km3
2011-08-08 00:28134.9943820117±116 / 109·km3
2011-08-09 00:21135.9474221120±119 / 109·km3
2011-08-10 19:11137.6582517329±227 / 109·km3

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Every year in August, almost without exception, stargazers across the world take a moment or two to enjoy the beauty of the Perseid meteor shower.
Odous village and Kyperounta community have organised viewing events this week in collaboration with Fakas Institute and the reason has a little bit to do with a wandering mathematician in the 50s.

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The Perseid meteor shower is just starting to pick up steam this week, said Scott Bulkley, astronomy professor at Barstow Community College. People seeking a glance of meteors streaking across the sky could see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour over the next week, while the average amount of meteors without an actual shower is about five or six an hour.
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Perseid Meteor Shower Begins



The summer Perseid meteor shower is getting underway as Earth enters the debris stream from comet Swift-Tuttle.



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Meteor showers to dazzle stargazers despite full moon

Don't let a full moon make you blue if you were planning to watch one of the best shows the night sky performs each year.
The full moon, and the peak nights for the Perseids, coincide on Aug. 12 and 13.

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Iran meteor shower heralded by fireball

Iranian meteor shower enthusiasts have particularly enjoyed the August show put on by the Perseids, which was heralded by a brilliant fireball, streaking across the eastern sky.
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Amazing pic of Perseid meteor shower streaking through the night sky over Stonehenge
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Stargazers who missed the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on Thursday and Friday may still be able to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon as it tails off, astronomers said on Friday.
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