MITZPE RAMON, Israel, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Thousands of star-gazers gathered overnight at one of the darkest spots in Israel hoping to be dazzled by the annual Perseid meteor shower, only to be left somewhat disappointed by the show.Locals had the rare task of directing traffic on a moonless Monday night in Mitzpe Ramon in the heart of the Negev Desert, a spot surrounded by terrain described as similar to a lunar or Martian landscape.The Feinberg family from the Tel Aviv region drove for two-and-a-half hours for the display but the number of meteors, about one or fewer per minute, failed to truly light up the Ramon Crater's dark night sky as in previous years. 15 PHOTOS Perseid meteor shower 2018 See Gallery Perseid meteor shower 2018 A girl lies in hammock as she looks at the milky way during the peak of Perseid meteor shower in Kozjak, Macedonia August 13, 2018. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski People look out for meteors near the Milky Way during the Perseid meteor shower … [Read more...] about Thousands gather in Israeli desert for annual meteor shower
Annual meteor shower
The peak of the summer's best meteor shower – the Perseids– peaks overnight tonight (Aug. 12), but you'll need good weather to see it. Just in case your night sky cloudy or hazy, you can check out the annual meteor shower on webcasts online by Slooh, NASA and others. You can watch the Perseid meteor shower webcast here, courtesy of the astronomy broadcast service Slooh. The 6-hour webcast begins at at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and you can watch it directly on Slooh.com. During the broadcast, viewers can use the hashtag #Slooh on social media to share Perseids photos, or to ask questions of the experts and astronomers on the show. "The Perseids are my favorite meteor shower, and they'll be the best shower of the year with high rates of meteors streaking across the sky, and no moonlight to spoil the view," said Slooh astronomer Paul Cox in a statement. "If viewers of our live coverage are lucky enough to have clear skies themselves, they should use Slooh’s commentary as … [Read more...] about Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Peaks Tonight! How to Watch Online
There's a way for everyone to watch the spectacular Perseids on Saturday and Sunday night as the annual meteor shower reaches its height.One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is probably best seen in North America from the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes region where skies should be clear.Few clouds will obscure the view in much of the western half of the continent. However, smoke and haze from California wildfires might make for less than ideal conditions in the western US. In Europe, the eastern European nations may offer some of the clearest skies.Even if the sky isn't clear where you are, it's possible to watch a live webcast of the meteor shower anywhere via the Slooh observatory. The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, Aug. 12, into the early morning of Monday, Aug. 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings. The peak will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the … [Read more...] about How to catch the peak of the dazzling 2018 Perseid meteor shower
The annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower is due to reach its peak late on Sunday night (Aug. 12) into the predawn hours of Monday morning. This is the most famous of all meteor showers, and the Perseids never fail to provide an impressive display. In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors," astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were difficult, followed by slack periods with little activity." This year is an excellent one for the Perseids, because they will reach their maximum on a new moon weekend; without any bright moonlight, skywatchers will be able to see many fainter streaks. But in order to enjoy the sight of "shooting stars," clear skies are necessary. And unfortunately for parts of the United States, widespread cloud cover as well as airborne smoke from wildfire activity out west will hinder the view. If bad weather does spoil your view, You can … [Read more...] about Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US
The 2018 edition of the Lyrid meteor shower began on Monday, April 16. But if you haven't had a chance to head outside and watch it yet, don't worry. The annual meteor shower doesn’t hit its peak until late Saturday, April 21 and into the early hours of Sunday morning. For the best chance to see the show, head outside to an area far from light pollution just after midnight local time on Sunday morning and face east. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "Take in as much sky as you can," Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told NBC News MACH. He expects that viewers should see about 10 meteors per hour. However, this weekend's weather could affect your chances of seeing the meteor shower. Accuweather Astronomy distributed a map where the sky will be clearest across North America on Saturday night, so you can plan for optimal visibility. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Those in California, the Northeast, and … [Read more...] about The Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend. Here’s How to Watch It.