We are posting our story a little early, 12 hours early, as tomorrow will be too late for this spectacular display from Mother Nature.

In this story we are using quotes from an excellent website, EarthSky.org, that has everything a sky watcher needs.

Early Wednesday morning just before dawn (05:50 – 5am), here’s hoping it’s not too misty, there will be unbelievable meteor showers in the sky above Fethiye.

And it gets even better

The much publicized Perseid meteor shower will be rising to an amazing climax over the next two nights (the early hours of 12th and 13th August), so meteors will be visible after midnight tonight, and tomorrow when they are forecast to be even better. As the waning crescent moon is not so bright, and won’t be rising until just before sunrise, it won’t detract from the wonderful natural show; all this combined makes for the perfect setting.

Perseid showers

With the Perseid meteor shower mainly visible in the northern hemisphere we are in exactly in the right place for some spectacular night skies tonight and tomorrow.

The Perseid show produces the most meteors in the dark hours before dawn. Over the next two mornings, find somewhere dark and clear (like Kayakoy, one of the local villages, or the road to Babdağı) and in an hour you could be witness to as many as 100 meteors.

Friendly stars

Pas you watch the heavenly shows in the cool morning air, you will also see the friendly stars.

A constellation that appears in August, just before dawn, is Orion the Hunter. Look eastward just as dawn is beginning to break. Orion’s prominent three-star belt lies in between its two brightest stars, Betelgeuse and Rigel. In the month of August, as Orion returns to the predawn sky, you can imagine the Hunter as a man lying on his back, with the star Betelgeuse as his right shoulder, and Rigel as his left knee. At this time of year, Taurus the Bull is above Orion in the east before dawn. Orion’s Belt points to Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus.

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If you wait until dawn is breaking, you might witness the return of Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major. Sirius is the sky’s brightest star. How to identify Sirius? Orion’s belt points to it, too.

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If, like us, you are into skies, day or night, visit EarthSky.org. It’s addictive!

 

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