Perseid Meteor Shower peaks early Wednesday morning

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 13, 2020

For another unforgettable astronomical sight, sky watchers are going to want to stay up late tonight because the Perseid meteor shower is peaking after midnight.

Where to view: The darker the location the better, especially to catch the fainter Perseids, Guzman said. A live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, (if our weather cooperates!) will be available on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting around 8 p.m. CDT on August 11 and continuing until sunrise on August 12.

The pieces of debris are called "meteoroids", in space.

According to Environment Canada, the clearest nights for viewing in Kamloops and the Okanagan should be Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Thursday, Aug.13.

Meteor showers have always fascinated humans.

The Perseid meteor shower is ready to peak this week of August.

There is no need to use for telescopes in seeing the Perseid meteor showers because it can be seen by the naked eye.

This event will take place when the Moon should be slightly less than half full.

A few larger "bolide" meteors may be visible over the next few nights as well, but there visibility is usually limited to and more sporadic during the earlier evening hours.

How can you see the Perseids if the weather doesn't cooperate where you are?

Fortunately, that still leaves plenty of time to spot the meteors with just a little planning.

It is one of the high points in the celestial calendar with up to 100 shooting stars per hour that will fill the sky.

She added: "Find a dark area and allow around 20 minutes for your eyes adapt to the dark".

The Moon will begin to disappear after the middle of the month has passed.

And although the Perseids will be past their peak, the shooting stars will still be active and visible. The constellation is named after the Greek hero who killed Medusa (a once-beautiful Maiden that Athena turned into a ugly gorgon, who turned people into stone when they looked at her) and saved Andromeda from a sea monster.

Sky-watchers will be able to see long, glowing and persistent trails left by these meteors traveling at almost 40 miles per second.

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