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)
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