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Perseids: How to see the most famous meteor showers from Mexico

(Photo: EFE/EPA/Georgi Licovski)

On August 12th, Heaven will present us with an unmissable show. With nightfall the most famous shooting stars, PerseidsThey will cross the sky, spraying darkness with hundreds of flashes.

The National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE) explained that this astronomical event occurs when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet. 109P / Swift-tuttleWhich leaves behind dust and debris. When these fragments cross our planet’s atmosphere, they become meteors.

Like planets, comets, and asteroids revolve around the sun. NS On their way they leave the remains of their nuclei. The Mexican organization explained that when the Earth crosses the orbit of one of these objects, its remnants interact with our atmosphere, producing a phenomenon known as a meteor shower.

According to NASA, most of the debris left by the comet in its path is Dust particles the size of a pea that create wonderful “meteors” because they burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.” It is expected that during the maximum activity peak, which will occur on August 12, they can be seen Up to 150 meteors per hour.

In addition, the US space agency explained that this year the postcard will be very special, because Moon brightness will not interfere with the function.

“This year’s peak night for Perseids will benefit from an early sunset, so And NASA indicated that it would not interfere with weaker meteors.

Conditions will be very favorable for observing, and many factors will coincide to make the night unforgettable. We explain everything you need to know to monitor the Perseids of Mexico.

(Photo: Reuters/Amir Cohen)
(Photo: Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Step 1: Date and time

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Although the Perseids, also known in many countries as Tears of Saint Lawrence, can be seen from July 17 to August 24, the moment of maximum activity will arrive on the 12th of this month.

According to INAOE, they will be able to see them best in Mexico during the early hours of Thursday the 12th, just before dawn. Also on the evening of the same day after sunset.

Second step: the place

Although the moon will soon be hidden and this will favor monitoring, INAOE recommends observing the event from a point away from city lights.

“[Te aconsejamos] Lay on the beach, park, or favorite spot and look toward the summit, or the highest point in the sky, “Now have fun!” , explained the organism.

NASA also recommends accustoming the eye to the dark, a process that can take about 30 minutes, according to the space agency.

(Photo: INAOE)
(Photo: INAOE)

Step 3: Where are you looking?

Perseids will appear to be falling from their radiant star, the constellation Perseus, which will appear in the northeastern region of the celestial sphere. However, if you don’t know how to locate this group of stars, don’t worry! To contemplate it, it is enough to look at the height of the sky, that is, towards the highest point in the sky.

The event can be viewed with the naked eye from all states of the country. It is not recommended to use professional blocking tools because the meteors will pass at high speed.

NASA recommends considering the same night and before sunset of the crescent moon, the conjunction of the Earth’s satellite with the bright planet Venus.

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