How to See the Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2018

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 10, 2018

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12.

A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night. The Persid Meteor Shower will be at its peak this weekend.

This year, astronomers estimate that 60 to 70 meteors can be seen per hour. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

Will you be watching the meteor shower? Then, sit back and wait while, looking at the northeastern sky. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.

They are called the Perseids, because they seem to come from, or radiate from, the constellation Perseus, in the northern sky.

The best way to see the Perseids is to go outside between midnight and dawn on the morning of August 13th.

Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!" NASA said that's because Earth takes more than three weeks to sift through the dust left from the comet "Swift-Tuttle".

Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris.

Most of the Perseid meteors that we observe now were ejected from Swift-Tuttle about 1,000 years ago.

But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights.

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