Astronomer: the Crimeans are the perfect conditions for observing the Perseids

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Moonless night and the late dawn will allow observers into Crimea to see the maximum of the meteor shower the Perseids, and several bright planets in the Solar system, told RIA Novosti the Crimean astronomer Alexander Acusacin.

Next weekend (11th to 13th Aug) earthlings can observe the maximum of a meteor shower Perseid formed a swarm from comet swift-tuttle (Tuttle). The Perseids are famous not only a large number of meteors per night, but the presence in their composition of bright and beautiful «falling stars», often leaving a trail after the flight. Often there are very bright meteors – fireballs, comparable in brightness with the full Moon.

«This year had the particularly good conditions for observation of Perseids, since August 11, the Moon is new moon phase, meaning that throughout the night the sky will be dark, not illuminated by the Moon. This greatly increases the chance to see the meteors even a little brightness. In addition, the sunrise in the Crimea will come later almost on the hour, than in Moscow, and therefore, the radiant flux will rise even higher and you will see more meteors», — said Acusacin.

To observe meteors is better after 10 PM local time until dawn. The Perseus constellation where the radiant flux (the imaginary point in the sky, where continue flying meteors) after dark will rise in the North-East, said the astronomer.

To observe meteors is most convenient, if you lie down with your legs in the North-East, and look directly at the Zenith, at the same time in Your field of vision will fall a maximum number of meteors. It is important that next to no illumination from human settlements, it is better to get out into nature, says the astronomer. Precondition of observation is also a cloudless sky, reminded Acusacin.

In addition, in the night of the Perseid activity can be seen many of the planets: Venus, the brightest planet visible in the evening sky just after sunset in the constellation Virgo; Jupiter, which is visible in the first half of the night in the South-West, is in Libra; Saturn – visible in first half of the night in the southern direction, in the constellation Sagittarius, and Mars, which is visible as a bright reddish object in the night it will move from the Southeast to the southwest. As told to an astronomer, Mars at the latitude of the Crimea come over the horizon around 3 am GMT.

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