Dark sky gazing: Meteor showers in Barrington Tops.
Stargazers love a good meteor shower & the Perseids are perhaps the most popular! In 2018 you should see about 60-70 meteors per hour in the peak of the night of 12-13 August.
The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, a slim crescent near-new moon which will set before the Perseid show gets underway. The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be even better.
In the southern hemisphere it’s been seen between the equator & around -30 degrees latitude, so the dark skies of Barrington Tops are perfectly situated.
This meteor shower gets its name from the place its material appears to originate from — the constellation Perseus. The meteors (technically called meteoroids) are actually just tiny grains of dust and ice from the Comet Swift-Tuttle burning up in our atmosphere.
The best time for viewing is after the moon sets on 12 August and before sunrise on 13 August. Around Barrington Tops this means between 6.18pm on 12 August and 6.36am on 13 August. But the best of the meteor shower is generally around midnight & into the early hours.
And the best way to see the meteors? Space observers state the best way is to lie flat on your back and look straight up, to maximise your field of vision and not strain your neck.
Of course, the darker your viewing location the better, so head high to the Tops for a full-blown stargazing experience of the Perseid meteor shower.
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With thanks to space.com & wikipedia