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Wish upon a shooting star - Pereid Meteor Shower 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 August 2017

Perseid Meteor ShowerIf you are in Kalkan over the next few days, you should be tilting your head back to take a good look at the night sky.

It's time for the annual spectacular that is the Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids are so bright against the night sky, you don’t need binoculars or a telescope.  There may be as many as 100 meteors an hour flashing across the sky.  The weather forecast suggests a fairly clear sky tonight so you might see lots of them.  Look out for orbiting satellites too.

To find the optimal position in the night sky (the so called radiant point) look for the constellation of Perseus in the north east; the stars that make up Perseus form an upside down ‘Y’ shape.  That said meteors may be visible in all parts of the sky.

Best place to watch
Ideal places to watch are where there is no background light, so a moonlight cruise on a boat would be ideal if you can find one. 

Or you could head out of Kalkan and drive up the mountains, far away from the street lights and other artificial light - perhaps Islamlar or Bezirgan or park up in a safe place somewhere along the coast road to Kaş.

Image credit: Astronomical and geophysical observatory, Comenius University (Juraj Tóth)

Below are a few links providing more detailed information.

Earthsky Perseid meteor shower guide

Wikipedia - Perseids

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 August 2017