Look to Space this August for a Variety of Phenomena

 

The annual Perseids meteor shower is set to peak this year the night of Sunday, August 12, and morning of Monday, August 13. This should provide a great show, especially given that it coincides with a new moon, meaning plenty of dark sky to allow for ideal viewing. It is estimated that one or two Perseids per minute will be visible at the shower's peak, before sunrise on Monday. If the weather allows (no cloud cover), simply move out to a dark location away from city lights for best viewing. For more detailed information on the meteor shower CLICK HERE.

 
This is an image of a Perseid meteor observed during the 1993 Perseids meteor shower. This image was taken by George J. Zay and obtained through NASA.
 
This is an image of a Perseid meteor observed during the 1993 Perseids meteor shower. This image was taken by George J. Zay and obtained through NASA.
 
 

Additionally, the end of the month will bring a total lunar eclipse. More specifically, the morning of Tuesday, August 28, the moon with pass through the earth's shadow resulting in a total lunar eclipse. The partial eclipse will begin at 3:51 am and end three and a half hours later at 7:24 am, with the total eclipse occurring between 4:52 am and 6:23 am. The peak of the eclipse will be at 5:37 am. The entire event will be visible from the Lubbock area (if the weather cooperates and no clouds are around), but the moon will set just after the conclusion of the eclipse. For more information about solar and lunar eclipses as well as greater detail about the upcoming lunar eclipse CLICK HERE or HERE. Also, for specifics on the viewing of the event from your location you can GO HERE.


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