Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Monday night in Waterloo region

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2019

Stargazers will see between 10 - 15 meteors per hour tonight as the Perseid shower reaches it's peak tonight and tomorrow.

Goetz says they will observe The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn before the meteors show up after sunset. That will interfere with viewing the meteors. The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle. The very rare meteors that do not burn up hit the surface of the plant as meteorites. Because of the size of the dust stream, Perseids can be seen from 17 July to 24 August.

The shower runs until August 26 and is best seen after dark and before dawn. The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve. The Perseids are visible all over the sky. The Perseids are best seen between about 2 am local time and dawn, according to the space agency. These are more popular among sky-watchers than other meteor showers like Leonoids or Geminids as they occur in the mid-summer.

In case you live in a city and going out late at night is not a possibility, NASA also has a live stream for the Perseids meteor shower.

For those who can't make it outside, NASA is running a live camera feed from Alabama starting around 6pm PT on August 12 as is the Virtual Telescope Project in Europe from 3pm PT.

SEE ALSO: Dazzling Meteor Shower "Delta Aquariids 2019" Is Officially Active Right Now! The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus.

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