The peak of the Perseid meteor shower in Indonesia occurs on August 13-14 with a maximum intensity of 100 meteors per hour. Perseid meteor shower is a meteor shower whose radian point comes from the constellation Perseus.
Perseid itself comes from the remains of comet 109P/Swifts-Tuttle dust. The speed of meteors in the Perseid meteor shower can reach 212,400 kilometers per hour.
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“The Perseid meteor shower can be seen throughout Indonesia, at 11 pm in Sabang (or the latitude) and 1 night on Rote Island (or the latitude) up to 25 minutes before sunrise,” said Andi Pangerang, Researcher at the Indonesian Space Agency’s Space Research Center. National Research and Innovation (BRIN) on the Instagram account of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Tuesday (9/8).
This meteor shower will occur with a maximum radiant point height in Indonesia which varies between 20.9 degrees for Rote Island to 37.89 degrees for the Sabang area.
Then Andi also said that the intensity of the meteor shower had decreased in the two extreme areas of Indonesia, with 36 meteors per hour in the Rote Island area or the latitude, up to 61 meteors per hour in Sabang or the latitude.
Furthermore, Andi said that when the Perseid radians rose, there would be disturbances in the Moon’s light that could interfere with observations.
However, the Perseid meteor shower can still be observed without optical aids.
Andi gave some tips for observing this meteor shower, including ensuring the weather is clear, the observation area is not blocked, and the environmental conditions are free of light pollution.
“Make sure the weather during observation is clear, free from obstructions around the field of view, and free from light pollution. This is because cloud cover and the Bortle scale (the night sky brightness scale) are inversely proportional to the intensity of the meteor. The greater the cloud cover and the less the Bartle scale The intensity of the meteorya,” he said.
These times are usually used for camping, bonfires, and observing the sky. The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous because the time to observe it coincides with warm weather.
“That’s really because the meteor shower is a peak for researchers in the northern hemisphere. Other meteor showers occur in autumn or winter for the northern hemisphere,” said Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society.