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Meteor Shower


Claim:   A meteor shower will be visible in North America in mid-August 2013.

TRUE

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2013]

I thought this happened last year but it's showing up again:

During the nights from August 10-13, 2013, people on Earth will have a chance to see one of the rarest meteor showers. During the night you will be able to see thousands of these falling stars until August 13, these meteors will have best visibility during the night of August 12, 2013.

There is a predicted number of about 50-100 meteors an hour.

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Origins:   The gist of this item is true, although the phenomenon described is neither new nor rare.

The Perseids, so named because they appear to originate in the constellation Perseus, are an annual meteor shower first observed about 2,000 years ago. The Perseids shower is generally visible in the northern hemisphere from mid-July onwards each year, reaching its peak around the second week of August (typically between the 9th and the 14th of that month). In 2013, the primary viewing time for the Perseids will be the nights of August 11 and 12:
No matter where you live worldwide, the 2013 Perseid meteor shower will probably be at its best on the nights of August 11-12 and/or August 12-13. Try the nights before and after that, too. Before dawn viewing is best. From northerly latitudes, you often see 50 or more meteors per hour, and from southerly latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, perhaps you'll see about one-third that many meteors.
According to an Astronomy.com article on the annual Perseid show:
If you ask most skygazers to name their favorite meteor shower, the odds are good that "Perseid" will be the first word out of their mouths. This annual shower seemingly has it all: It offers a consistently high rate of meteors year after year; it produces a higher percentage of bright ones than most other showers; it occurs in August when many people take summer vacation; and it happens at a time when nice weather and reasonable nighttime temperatures are common north of the equator. No other major shower can boast all four of these attributes.

Last updated:   16 July 2013

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Sources:

    McClure, Bruce.   "Everything You Need to Know: Perseid Meteor Shower."
    EarthSky.org.   3 July 2013.

    Talcott, Richard.   "Perseid Meteor Shower Set to Put on a Great Show."
    Astronomy.com.   3 August 2012.

    WPTV [West Palm Beach].   "Perseid Meteor Shower to Light Up Sky from August 11 to 13."
    6 August 2012.