NB:- This article is about the meteor shower that happens in August. For the Meteor shower that happens in May, please click this link: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower in May
What is Perseid Meteor Shower?
Perseid meteor shower is a stunning display of bright meteors that are seen when the Earth passes through a stream of dust and debris left from Comet Swift-Tuttle. It is just like driving in the summertime. You are hurtling down the highway with the windows down when suddenly — SPLAT! A bug hits your windshield. Then another one. And then another.
That is exactly how a meteor shower works. Earth is driving through the solar system, and it encounters a swarm of debris. The atmosphere vaporizes the shooting star like your windshield that smashes an unlucky insect. Perseid is famed for its fireballs: meteors that appear as bright as planets such as Venus or Jupiter, some of which explode. Get ready for a night full of bright surprises!
When to see them?
Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to Aug. 24, with the shower’s peak occurs on Aug. 12. That means you’ll see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time on that day, but we can still catch some action before or after that point.
Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 10-12, 2018 and witness the Perseid meteor shower . What makes it more special this year? It’s a new moon night; that means the sky will be completely dark which makes it ideal to view the meteor shower.
Be prepared to see about 80-100 meteors an hour. Can you imagine how stunning would that be? The sky will light up in all its glory and you don’t want to miss it for anything or anyone!
Since 2010, we folks from Bangalore Adventure School have been watching this Perseid Meteor shower phenomenon every year. So you can either tag along with us to watch this celestial drama or you can follow our instructions and watch them yourself!
Your best bet will be to go camping atop a hill/mountain in the outskirts of the city away from the light pollution and crowd. All you need to do is just wrap up warm, allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, then sit back or lie down facing the sky, relax and enjoy the show with some cozy company.
Don’t know where to go to catch the show? Beaches, ballfields and lakes are ideal, where an absence of trees allows for maximum sky viewing. Of course, make sure that is a safe location, and maybe bring a friend to watch the show! No need for telescopes, cellphones or taking selfies.
Where to see Meteor Shower around Bangalore?
Some places in Bangalore that we think could present a scintillating show this August weekend are Nandi Hills, Turahalli Forest, Ramanagara, and some secret getaways that we would usually hang out at; for events such as these. The only catch in places around Bangalore are the monsoon clouds. So, we usually go to the Eastern Ghats for camping. You could even travel north to Hampi and camp there to escape the rain clouds and to get good visibility.
Any plans by Bangalore Adventure School?
This phenomenon will be visible from anywhere in the world; you just need to know the ideal conditions to watch.
And yes, we are going camping and you are invited to join us. But, location will be revealed only to registered participants.
Registration / Payment link to : Register – Perseid Meteor Shower Camping – 2019
Facebook Event : Meteor Shower Camping Event – 2019
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Where and how to see Meteor Shower from other places in India?
The south western states might get covered under the monsoon clouds. So, those who are in either Kerala or Coastal Karnataka will be really unlucky if the camping place they’ve chose get rain. The best bet will be somewhere in Northern Karnataka like Hampi or Telangana or Andhra Pradesh. Camping at Gandikota will be a very good option.
Which other Meteor shower can be observed from India?
There are quite a few meteors visible from India. The prominent ones are
- Quadrantids in January
- Eta Aquarids in May