Date
17 October 2017
A file picture shows a multicolored and long Perseid meteor shower streaking across the sky. Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Brocken Inaglory
A file picture shows a multicolored and long Perseid meteor shower streaking across the sky. Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Brocken Inaglory

Perseids meteor shower to light up the night sky on Aug 12

One of the major meteor showers of 2017 will blaze through the sky over Hong Kong this coming weekend.

Perseids, which astronomers believe produces more fireballs than any other major annual meteor shower, is expected to streak across the night sky on Aug. 12. 

Suggested observation period of this meteor shower is from 9:30 pm on Saturday until 5 am on Sunday.

According to Hui Tai-wai, scientific officer of the Hong Kong Observatory, Aug. 12 to 13 every year is the ideal period to see Perseids. This, however, still depends on the weather conditions, news website hk01.com reports.

The Hong Kong Space Museum will make an announcement and provide guidance as to when and where to have the best sightings of the meteor shower.

Yu Wai-chun of the Hong Kong Astronomical Society recommends areas less affected by light pollution for seeing the meteor shower. The East Dam of High Island Reservoir, Shui Hau in Lantau Island and Po Toi Island are among the suggested viewing spots.

Other viewing locations that can be accessed with convenient transport include the main dam of the Plover Cove Reservoir, Pak Tam Chung, Cheng Chau, Tai Tau Chau in Shek O, and Tai Au Mun Clearwater Bay Country Park.

The Hong Kong Astronomical Society believes the best observation period, based on the distribution of Perseids on the orbit by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, together with Hong Kong’s geographical coordinates, will be from 11 pm on Aug. 12 until 5.20 am on Aug. 13.

The peak time of the observation is expected to fall at 5:02 am on Sunday.

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