Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On An Extravagant Show Tonight

Perseid meteor shower 2019 How to see the best meteor shower of the year

Perseid meteor shower 2019 How to see the best meteor shower of the year

They are visible in the Northern Hemisphere and can be viewed in skies all across. The meteor shower appears as the Earth passes through the cosmic dust left by the comet Swift-Tuttle. However, the peak of the shower is expected to occur this year in the early hours of 13 August, so that is the night to observe. That time in between will be the best opportunity to possibly more than 60 meteors per hour.

The shower runs until August 26 and is best seen after dark and before dawn.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt.

NASA also says that on the nights of the peak event, which is August 12-13, there will be only a few minutes of dark sky to see Perseids.

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In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour.

NASA representatives also encourage would-be watchers to avoid using your phone while watching the showers, so your eyes will better adjust to the dark and you'll be able to see more in the night sky. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras.

This will be shown on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting.

The Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus (hence the name), and for best viewing the advice is, as always, to stand anywhere with as limited light pollution as you can manage with your back to the moon, looking north or east. To give another example, the Geminid meteor shower, which is observed each December, is named for a radiant in the constellation Gemini.

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