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 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:

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