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Bright Planets Add More Dazzle to Perseid Meteor Shower’s Peak

Meteor-catchers streamer out to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower this week are in for a special treat. In between examination a uncover on a north side of a sky, several planets and a moon will uncover themselves on a southern side.

The Perseids will rise in a early morning hours of Friday (Aug. 12), NASA says, and a uncover could be even stronger this year. The world Jupiter has focussed a streams of cometary particles, putting some-more of them in Earth’s path.

Some of a meteors, that on Thursday night and early Friday (Aug. 11-12) might tide in during adult to 200 per hour, will unfortunately be cleared out by a moon until it sets during around 1 a.m. internal time. But we can still simply see dual planets in a sky, in a constellation Scorpius. Mars is only to a right of the reddish star Antares. (The name of a star means “rival of Mars” since it is so identical in liughtness and shade.) And floating above Antares is Saturn. [Perseid Meteor Shower 2016: When How to See It]

Mars, Saturn and a moon will gleam alongside a rise of a Perseid meteor showering on Aug. 11 and 12, 2016. See where a contingent will be in this NASA sky map.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Earlier in a evening, about 45 mins after sunset, a planets Jupiter, Mercury and Venus will be manifest low on a setting in a south-southwest, according to NASA’s Jane Houston Jones during a Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Jupiter will gleam splendid in a constellation Virgo, with Mercury float only to a reduce right. Venus, meanwhile, will be even reduce on a setting circuitously a constellation Leo, so a transparent setting though interference trees or houses would offer a best observation opportunity. 

This NASA striking shows a locations of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and a moon in a southwestern sky only after nightfall on Aug. 11, 2016, a night of Perseid meteor showering peak.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

You can see a meteor showering and a dual planets with your exposed eye, and there are even some-more planets manifest if we move binoculars or a telescope. Uranus and Neptune are both manifest in a constellation Aquarius, and if we wish an additional challenge, a dwarf world Ceres is manifest as well. (Ceres is being visited right now by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.)

This Sky  Telescope repository sky map shows another perspective of a Perseid meteor showering eager for 2016 where it will be located during 11 p.m. your internal time on Aug. 11 and 12 during a shower's peak.
Credit: Sky Telescope painting

There are other astronomical objects that are only manifest with a exposed eye, though you’ll see distant some-more fact with a telescope or binoculars. While examination a meteors seem to illuminate from a constellation Perseus, we can also demeanour during a Double Cluster in Perseus, or globular clusters in circuitously Cassiopeia. In Andromeda, we can also demeanour during a Triangulum (M33) and Andromeda (M31) galaxies.

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