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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower in the Northern Hemisphere

Ice and dust debris from Swift-Tuttle comet burning in the Earth's atmosphere results in one of the most spectacular meteor showers in the year. The Perseid Meteor Shower, also known as the Perseids, originates in the constellation PERSEUS the Hero, a predominantly Northern Hemisphere constellation. Currently at 10:30 P.M. Eastern Time, Perseus is located in the northeastern night sky and will rise towards the east as the night goes on. The relatively dim constellation is south of the brighter Cassiopeia and east of Andromeda. Meteor showers should be visible in Perseus as well as surrounding constellations.
Perseus and the Perseids meteor shower is currently in the northeastern sky, for Northern Hemisphere observers.

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

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