Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

NASA TV Will Broadcast Perseid Meteor Shower Program

Astronomer Fred Bruenjes available a array of many 30 second prolonged exposures travelling about 6 hours on a night of Aug 11 and early morning of Aug 12, 2004 regulating a far-reaching angle lens. Combining those frames that prisoner meteor flashes, he constructed this thespian perspective of a Perseids of summer. There are 51 Perseid meteors in a combination image, including one seen scarcely head-on. Credits: Fred Bruenjes

NASA TV will horde a module for this week’s Perseid meteor shower, that is approaching to be one of a best in years.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will promote a live module about this year’s Perseid meteor showering from 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug 12 to 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug 13. The eventuality will prominence a scholarship behind a Perseids, as good as NASA investigate compared to meteors and comets. The module will atmosphere on NASA TV and NASA’s UStream channel.

The Perseids have been celebrated for during slightest 2,000 years and are compared with a comet Swift-Tuttle, that orbits a object once each 133 years. Every August, a Earth passes by a cloud of a comet’s orbital debris. This waste margin — mostly combined hundreds of years ago — consists of pieces of ice and dirt strew from a comet that bake adult in Earth’s atmosphere to emanate one of a premier meteor showers of a year.

The best event to see a Perseid meteor showering is during a dark, pre-dawn hours of Aug 13. The Perseids strain opposite a sky from many directions, with fanciful rates as high as 100 per hour. The final time a Perseids rise coincided with a new moon was in 2007, creation this one of a best intensity viewings in years.

This week, Earth passes by a tide of waste from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of a annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters contend a uncover could be generally good this year since a Moon is scarcely new when a showering peaks on Aug. 12-13.

Special guest on a live NASA TV promote embody meteor experts Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw, all of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, located during Marshall. They will yield on-air commentary, as good as answer questions online. Also scheduled to join a promote are experts from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, a American Meteor Society and others.

Anyone can join in a review by tweeting questions to @NASA_Marshall with a hashtag #askNASA. Social media users might also post questions to Marshall’s Facebook page by replying to a Aug. 12 Perseid Q-and-A post.

Source: Dwayne Brown / Laurie Cantillo, NASA

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