AUGUST AAC STAR PARTY FOR THE PERSEIDS
Perseid Meteor Shower
The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming!
This is one of the strongest and most dependable annual meteor showers.
(No, another is NOT the November Leonids but the December Geminids and the January Quadrantids)
This year the Perseids could be unusually good!
Note: Earth moves through debris shed from Comet Swift-Tuttle in 1862 about 5:00 p.m. EDT, Aug. 11 so Europe/Asia favored but who knows? (Closest approach to center of filament is 112,000 mi.)
- The Moon is new mid-August so moonlight will be minimal.
- In addition to the usual Aug. 12 shower, an extra surge of meteors may occur Aug. 11 caused by a filament of dust newly drifting across Earth's orbit.
The peak of the main shower is about 7 a.m. EDT, Aug. 12 but Perseids start showing up in late July and run past mid-August.
The predicted "zenith hourly rate" at max. is about 90 meteors.
(Rates are roughly 25-50% of max. for a few day before and after max. date.)
More info at:
- "The 2004 Perseid Meteor Shower" (Science.Nasa)
- "2004: An Excellent Year for the Perseids" (Sky and Telescope)
DATE: Wednesday/Thursday, 2004 August 11/12 TIME: Darkness till dawn (if want to stay all night) Yes, we know the shower peaks during the week but remember meteors are best seen during morning hours! Moonset: Aug. 11 at 5:29 p.m. EDT Sunset: Aug. 11 at 8:13 p.m. EDT Astron. Twilight Ends: Aug. 11 at 9:40 p.m. EDT Moonrise: Aug. 12 at 3:32 a.m. EDT Astron. Twilight Begins: Aug. 12 at 5:29 a.m. EDT Sunrise: Aug. 12 at 6:56 a.m. EDT Moon is Waning Crescent (New: Aug. 15, 9:24 p.m. EDT) Note: Astronomical Twilight means Sun 18° below horizon ("completely dark") WHAT: A gathering of AAC members and their families who want to observe the annual Perseid meteor shower together at a site with a reasonably dark, northern sky not far from Gainesville (The Perseid radiant is toward the northeast during the night) BRING: Reclining chairs, blankets, mosquito repellant, snacks/drinks, red flashlight and your eyes (Telescopes/binoculars optional since not used for meteor watching!) A unisex bathroom is available PLACE: Don Loftus Farm 14903 N.W 29 Street Gainesville, Fl Lat. 29°48.0'N, Lon. 82°21.9'W
Don's farm is north of Gainesville, about an 8 mi. drive (10 min. driving time) from the Highway Patrol Station on the north side of Gainesville on US 441 & SR 121.
Detailed directions & maps at Don's Farm
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Last Update 2004 Aug. 5