Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 9, 2018

You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening.

The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert claims.

You will also have a better chance of seeing the dazzling display when it is completely dark.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

What do I need to see them?

NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights.

Patience is also a virtue, with shooting stars tending to appear in clusters, followed by a lull.

Travelling at a speedy 37 miles a second, they come from the direction of the constellation Perseus.

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