Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

Rodiano Bonacci
Августа 13, 2019

The Perseids meteor shower, ongoing from 17 July to 26 August this year, is culminating on 12-13 August. However, the southeastern USA will be somewhat cloudy, although breaks in the clouds will be frequent enough for watchers to catch some of the brightest meteors.

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best.

AMS reports that 50 to 75 meteors per hour at maximum are expected during Perseid.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are attractive". Schaefer says every year around August 12 the Earth's orbit intersects with the trail of sand grains the comet leaves behind as it travels through the solar system. During that time, you can see as many as 80 meteors per hour lighting up the night sky.

Space.com recommends going someplace dark in the suburbs or countryside for the best viewing conditions.

"The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures", explained NASA, in a blog post.

Best way to view the show will be to look northeast before 3 am, away from city lights, and watch the show!

According to Astronomy Ireland, the Perseids will reach peak activity with 20 times more shooting stars than a normal night.

"People should consider viewing meteors during the nights leading up to the peak", he said according to AccuWeather. There will also be a couple of star parties in OR, where you can see plenty.

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. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through.

The Perseids meteors appears as streaks of light in the sky.

The good news - you don't need any special equipment to see it.

Meteors of the shower are fast, with an average speed of 60 kilometers per second, and bright.

Those who look up to the sky will be able to see shooting stars as well as particularly large chunks known as fireballs. "Using either reduces the amount of sky you can see at one time, lowering the odds that you'll see anything but darkness", NASA officials wrote in a meteor shower guide. This will help to increase the odds of seeing some meteors.

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