This weekend, the Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks, Reaches 100 Meteors/Hour & Appears All Over Indonesia

Illustration of a meteor shower (Source: SHUTTERSTOCK/SKY2020)

Writer : Nadia Intan Fajarlie | Editor : Desy Afrianti

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.TV The Aviation and Space Research Organization of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) reported that this weekend the Indonesian people could witness the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on August 13-14, 2022.

The Perseids are meteor showers whose radians come from the constellation Perseus. The BRIN Space Center found that the source of this meteor shower came from the dust remnants of comet 109P/Swifts-Tuttle.

BRIN Space Center researcher Andi Pangerang estimates that the number of meteors that appear in the sky reaches one hundred meteors per hour.

“The speed of the meteor in the Perseid meteor shower can reach 212,400 km/hour,” Andi wrote Tuesday (9/8/2022) quoted from the official Instagram account of the Space Research Center @prantariksa_brin.

He also confirmed that the Perseid meteor shower could be seen throughout Indonesia. However, the number of visible meteors will vary by region.

“With the maximum height of the radian point in Indonesia varying, between 20.9 degrees (Rote Island) to 37.8 degrees (Sabang), the intensity is reduced to 36 meteors per hour (Rote Island or the latitude) to 61 meteors per hour (Sabang). or the cross),” said Andi.

In Subang or the latitude, namely the northern part of Indonesia, you can see meteor showers starting at 23.00 or eleven at night.

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Meanwhile, people who live in the southern part of Indonesia, or in areas that are latitude with Rote Island, can watch meteor showers starting at 01.00 in the morning until 25 minutes before sunrise.

Andi explained, moonlight can interfere with observations of the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

“There is interference of moonlight located near the zenith when the Perseid radian point rises, so it can interfere with Perseid observations,” he said.

Even so, the public can still watch the Perseid meteor shower with the naked eye or without tools.

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In order to see the Perseid meteor shower, you must ensure that 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,” said Andi.

The greater the cloud cover and the scale of Bortle, he said, the less the number of meteors visible in the sky.

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