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The Perseids, the most beautiful shower of shooting stars of the year return this August

By Graziella L. Posted Aug 10, 2022 12:44 PM

Throughout the month of August and more particularly from August 11 to 13, 2022, the famous Perseid meteor shower will be visible in the French sky, as every year. We raise our eyes to the sky and we admire the show!

Every year, meteor showers give us the pleasure of passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, allowing us to admire several times a year shooting Stars In large numbers. And this month of August is home to the best rain of the yearwhich are called the Perseids. From July 17 to August 24, 2022, these stars will illuminate France, and the weather should be there, in the middle of summer! It is indeed the best time of the year to observe shooting stars with a clear sky, enjoying a moment of freshness after the heat of the day.

The peak of activity is expected this year early on morning from August 12 to 13ebetween 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., during which you can see a shooting star every minute about ! Close to hundred meteors are expected per hour, making it the heaviest rain of the year.

This year, a Super Moon will come to keep the meteorites company, which is not ideal for observing the stars without luminosity. Even if we can see this meteor shower with the naked eye, there is a risk of seeing less, because of our satellite. Try as much as possible, to position yourself on the opposite side, and to raise your eyes towards the northeast and the perseus constellationwhere the meteors come from, at the bottom of the W formed by the constellation Cassiopeia. They come from the comet 109/Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years to orbit the Sun. Do not hesitate to observe them outside the peak, to enjoy without a full moon.

The next big thing will be in December, with the Geminid phenomenon. And above all, don’t forget to make a wish !

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