The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower: What you need to know

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 9, 2019

Monday night is the peak of one of the best annual meteor showers. The best time to see a meteor shower is generally between midnight and sunrise, as the radiant is higher in the sky then.

Visible from July 23 through August 20, with peak activity occurring around the night of August 12-13, these shooting or falling "stars" are meteors visibly streaking in the Earth's atmosphere.

Each summer, our little blue planet comes across the orbital path of the Swift-Tuttle comet and its debris create the "Perseid meteor shower".

Previous years have seen up to 60 meteors spotted each hour during the peak, although this year will be slightly underwhelming in comparison.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are lovely". When comets come around the sun, they leave a dusty trail behind them. "They are multicolored and many are bright". When the debris hits the Earth's atmosphere, it's heated up and produces the light we see as "shooting stars". Cloudy conditions may also be an issue for some spectators. This includes most of the western United States, the southern Plains and a swath of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and New England.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While the gas giant shows off its rings only through a small telescope, to the naked eye its distinct golden hue is striking.

"People should consider viewing meteors during the nights leading up to the peak", Samuhel said. Viewing overnight Sunday will give you less moonlight but fewer actual meteors.

As for when to head outside under the stars, folks may want to brew a cup of coffee if they hope to see the Perseids in all their glory.

The Delta Aquariids become visible starting July 12 and last through August 23.

The best viewing time will be in the pre-dawn hours from 3am-6am looking north-east to the horizon.

How can you view this meteor shower? "Meteor videos recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network are also available each morning; to identify Perseids in these videos, look for events labeled 'PER, '" said NASA.

"If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards". This will help to increase the odds of seeing some meteors.

How to watch Perseids? .

The Draconid meteor shower is the next meteor shower, which falls on October 8, followed by the Orionid meteor shower, which will take place on October 21.

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