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Perseid Meteor Showers in Philadelphia Sky August 13 2014
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/13/14 10:07 pm | updated: 08/13/14 10:07 pm
 
Each August as the Earth's annual orbit takes it through the remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle, we are treated to a dramatic show of meteors streaking through the sky called the Perseids. Named because they seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus, this meteor shower will peak tonight August 13th and through the weekend.

It is not uncommon to see up to 40-60 meteors an hour with the Perseids. The moon is in a waning gibbous phase and could interfere. It will also be rising in the evening and staying out all night.

Each night for the rest of the week is forecast to have mostly clear skies in the Philadelphia area and the summer temperatures will make viewing late at night very comfortable. The best times to look are after midnight until close to dawn.

NASA has a video feed on Saturday night for those who might have overcast skies or an obstructed view: http://www.nasa.gov/watchtheskies/perseids-2014.html



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The height of the shower should be Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The show will begin between 11 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday night and continue until dawn Thursday the 14th.

The constellation Perseus will rise in the northeast skies so focusing your attention there is a good place to start, but meteors can fly across any point in the sky. The best place to watch in Philadelphia is anywhere in an open field with clear views of the sky. And of course, as far away from the city lights as you can get the better.

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