How to see Perseids meteor shower and when to get best view

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 10, 2018

The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise.

It gets its name became the meteors appear to be coming from the constellation Perseus. The Perseids happen every year, but this year's crescent moon will make the sky darker, allowing the meteors to shine.

Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it. Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

The best time to view the Perseids is around midnight and during the early hours of the morning - up until 5.30am - when light pollution is at its lowest.

"This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes", Cooke told Space.com.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 37 miles per second, they burn up and streak across the sky. "You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video.

The good news is you will be able to see them with the naked eye. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights.

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