Perseid Meteor Shower ~ Peaks 11, 12 & 13 August 2018 ~ The Biggie!

Perseid Meteor Shower ~ Peaks 11, 12 & 13 August 2018 ~ The Biggie!

The Perseid Meteor Shower is my absolute favourite! It happens annually in August every year, which reminds me of many nights spent wrapped up in the dark, sipping hot chocolate around a fire pit with good friends and watching our beautiful sky.

Please note, every year. I’ve seen a few social media blogs and links being bandied around that are saying this shower is once in a lifetime, not occurring again until 2026 etc. That simply isn’t true and the information in those blogs is usually inaccurate. The Perseids happen annually.

As its still summer here in the UK, its often warm enough to just lie out on a blanket and watch the stars. I remember being in the Middle East one year, out at a hotel in the middle of the Omani desert ~ I floated around the pool for two hours on my back, watching the most amazing Perseid Shower I’ve ever seen. Being out in the desert, there was no light pollution at 2am and no moon that year either. The show was simply breathtaking!

It is the largest, most visible shower for the Northern Hemisphere and is visible in the Southern Hemisphere too, although only a third of the shower can be seen from that Southern angle, but that is still an awful lot of meteors! 

This year we have a thin, waning crescent Moon that sets early evening, meaning the skies will be dark, offering perfect viewing for 2018’s Perseids meteor shower 🙂 As the peak of this shower spans over three days, we also have a better chance of having a clear night’s sky. The recent Total Lunar Eclipse was covered by thick cloud here in the UK, so I’m hoping for clearer skies for the Perseids ~ pretty please Mother Nature 😉

The Perseids is a meteor shower that builds gradually to a definite peak ~ we’ll often see 50-100 meteors in a dark sky during the peak viewing nights, which are 11-13 August this year. The Perseids tend to grow in numbers between midnight and dawn, so we’ll usually see the most meteors in the dark hours just before the sun rises. This shower comes in fits and starts, so we need to watch the sky for at least an hour between 11pm-4am in order to see the most meteors as there will be spurts of activity, then a lull, then another spurt.

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The Perseids radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus (the Hero), although this shower can appear anywhere in the sky ~ the meteors are usually very bright and fast moving, often leaving trails behind as they burn through our atmosphere.  The easiest way to find the radiant point of this meteor shower is to find the constellation of stars that make a ‘W’ shape in the sky, called Cassiopia ~ usually toward the North East. Once you’ve found the W, drop down to anywhere below that and you’ll have the approximate radiant point. The above picture may help 🙂

Also keep an eye out for what astronomers call an earthgrazer – a long, rambling, colorful meteor that travels horizontally across the sky. Earthgrazer meteors are rare, but amazing to watch. Perseid earthgrazers can only appear in early to mid-evening, when the radiant point of the shower is close to the horizon.

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What creates this meteor shower is the Earth passing through the debris trail left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. When the comet passes close between the sun and earth, the sun warms up and softens the ice particles in the comment, which releases more material and comet ‘rubble’ into the trail.

We are currently passing through the Delta Aquarid meteor shower too, which crosses over with the Perseids and creates more chance of seeing shooting stars anywhere in the night sky in August.

On an energetic level, meteor showers are said to motivate and push us forwards ~ they energise some of us and irritate or tire out others. Keep a close eye on the calendar dates this month as if you find yourself experiencing unexpected moods or emotions, there’s quite likely something occurring astrologically and energetically.

We’re away camping the weekend of the Perseids, which I’m thrilled about 🙂 No light pollution whatsoever! Time to get out in nature and enjoy some star gazing!!

With much love

Krissy XXX

Photo credit for the main pic goes to Jack Fusco who took the picture during 2013’s Perseid shower

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love it, can’t wait! Thanks for including the bit about being able to see worldwide, that way we across the pond know what’s going on.
    Starry starry dreams, Amy~Gypsy Rose

  2. What are some good crystals to wear at this time

    • Hi Patricia ~ it depends on how the energy is affecting you. If you feel tired, wear Moldavite, Garnet or Citrine. If you find yourself feeling very activated by the shower, then Fluorite, Black Tourmaline or Lapis Lazuli will provide a little grounding, whilst still allowing us to stay open. Shungite is also awesome, especially with the solar activity going on right now too 🙂 Have a fab day x

      • evPocket says:

        Good advice, thank you! I seem to recall the Perseids being a good opportunity to charge Moldavite, but I might be mistaken. Can you confirm if that’s the case?

      • evPocket says:

        Good advice, thank you! I seem to recall the Perseids being a good opportunity to charge Moldavite, but I might be mistaken. Can you confirm if that’s the case?

        • It is a brilliant time for charging Moldavite as it’s the most powerful meteor shower of the year. I saw some lovely shooting stars last night, so hoping to see some more tonight 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    hi – not sure if anyone has noticed but your pic of the sky looking northeast at 11pm and the 11th day. 11 11. xx

  4. Pam Robinson says:

    Noticed your comment about black tourmaline and fluorite – I reached for both of them on Thursday, they’re currently sitting side by side near to me xx

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