My buddy Claude and I went fishing last night (overnight) and while we were fishing he saw an amazing meteor coming flying across the sky. It streaked across the sky and had a tail that sparkled.
It reminded me to make a post to let everyone know about the meteor showers that are ongoing right now! One of the best meteor showers this year is the Perseids! They said at the peak, you can see up to approx. 100 meteors an hour. I guess I should point out, that it optimal viewing conditions. But even at that, you still will see some meteors!
The Alpha Capricornids (Info towards the bottom) which is active right now, produces bright fireballs! Which is what happened last night! Truly an amazing sight to see!
The best viewing is out of the city. Away from the city light pollution.
Don’t forget to make a wish, everytime you see a falling star!!!
Below is a list of the meteor showers in 2017
Active from July 13th to August 26th
The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26. They reach a strong maximum on August 12 or 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum.The Persesids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system. They are called Perseids since the radiant (the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate) is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity.
Active from July 11th to August 10th
The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 11 through August with a “plateau-like” maximum centered on July 29. This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour. What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period. This shower is seen equally well on either side of the equator.
Radiant: 20:28 -10.2° – ZHR: 5 – Velocity: 15 miles/sec (slow – 24km/sec) – Parent Object: 169P/NEAT
The Alpha Capricornids are currently active!