Next Best Opportunity: The Perseids

The Canyon ChronicleBy The Canyon Chronicle      July 23, 2021

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The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a rich meteor shower, and it’s steady. These swift and bright meteors radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. As with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. These meteors frequently leave persistent trains. Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. In 2021, the waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing dark skies for this year’s Perseid meteor shower. Predicted peak in 2021: the night of August 11-12, but try the nights before and after, too, from late night until dawn. For more information on the Dark Sky movement: darksky.org; or to join: darksky.org/get-involved For more information on the LA County Rural Outdoor Lighting District, Ordinance No. 2012-0047, revised in 2012: planning.lacounty.gov/assets/upl/data/ord_outdoor-lighting.
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