meteor shower peaks
at 20h UT. Peak lasts about 12 hours. Active from July 17 to
August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour)
many with persistent trains. Best viewing is after midnight.
Favorable conditions in 2018.
Meteor Shower (video) (StarGazers, PBS)
the Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
(evening sky) at 4h UT.
(evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −4.3.
(evening sky) at 22h UT.
(evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −2.0.
at greatest elongation east
(46° from Sun, evening sky) at 17h UT. Mag. −4.3.
at 7:49 UT.
(evening sky) at 13h UT.
(evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 0.3.
(farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 405,746 km; angular
(evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. −2.3.
at greatest elongation west
(18° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. −0.1.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)