The Peak Activity Of The Brightest Starfall Of 2020 Will Come On Thursday Night
The maximum activity of the year's brightest Starfall – Perseid – Russians will be able to observe in the middle of the week. On the night of August 13, its speed will reach 110 meteors per hour, the press service of the Moscow planetarium writes.
"On August nights, residents of the entire Northern hemisphere of the Earth can enjoy the most popular and bright "star shower" of the year-the maximum of the Perseid meteor shower comes. <...> Under favorable weather conditions and the absence of urban illumination, starting at midnight (August 13-approx.TASS) and all night you can observe up to 110 meteors per hour, or 1-2 meteors per minute," the report says.
According to forecasts of the International meteor organization, the peak activity of the Starfall will occur from 16: 00 to 19: 00 (Moscow time) on August 12. Residents of Central Russia will need to look for it in the North-Eastern part of the night sky. Observers will be able to see white meteors, the glow of the brightest of them will last up to a few seconds.
"The peak of activity in 2020 <...> will be on the waning moon, which will appear from the horizon after 23:30, so the observations will be the best until midnight on the night of August 13, as well as on the night of August 14," the press service of the Moscow planetarium said.
The Perseid meteor shower from the constellation Perseus appears every year from July 17 to August 26. This year, the most favorable conditions for observing the Starfall will develop 3-4 days after the peak of activity – from August 16 to 23.