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2014 Perseid meteor shower

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak between August 10 and August 13. A waning Gibbous Moon (the Moon’s phase after a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that observers try their luck to catch some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13.

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occur every August, peaking around August 9-13. Consisting of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation, Perseus. This is because, their radiant or the direction of which the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction as Perseus. The constellation lies in the north-eastern part of the sky.

While the skies light up several time a year by other meteor showers, the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers alike. This is because at its peak, one can view 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.

2014 Moon phases for San Jose, U.S.A. – California

Full Moon  – August 10,  11:10 am Gibbons Moon (Super Full Moon)
Moonrise/Moonset
August 9       rise. 7:13pm         set. 5:06am
August 10     rise. 7:58pm        set. 6:18am
August 11     rise.  8:40pm       set. 7:30am
August 12     rise. 9:19pm        set. 8:42am
August 13     rise. 9:57pm        set. 9:52am
August 14     rise. 10:36pm      set. 11:00am
August 15     rise. 11:15pm     set. 12:05pm
August 16     rise. 11:56pm     set.  1:07pm