Sunday, 25 August, 2019

This Weekend To Offer Ideal Conditions For The Perseid Meteor Shower

Stars Above: Moonlit meteors and Mercury mornings Perseid meteor shower set to dazzle Vancouver skies next week
Elijah Vega | 10 August, 2019, 08:24

To see it, look to the northeast after 10:00 pm on August 12 and in the early morning hours of August 13 for the best views.

This year, however, your plans to see the meteor shower may be slightly ruined by the Moon.

The Perseid Meteor Shower will soon light up the night sky over Long Island. Take peak to their lower right and you'll see another bright orange coloured star called Antares, nestled within the Scorpius constellation.

Although onlookers in big cities, such as Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix are forecast to have favorable weather, they may want to consider traveling to a darker area away from the light pollution in the city. Every year, the Earth passes through this debris field, producing shooting stars as numerous as 20 per hour moving up to 25 miles per second at the shower's peak.

Look out this week as the Perseid meteor shower nears its peak before the full moon on August 15 drowns out the light from the meteors burning up in Earth's upper atmosphere.

You can make plans to stay up late or wake up early Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday, but NASA experts say the best time to see the shower is around 2 a.m. and dawn.

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Forget binoculars and telescopes, as the best way to view the celestial fireworks show is to soak it in with just your naked eyes. Many of them are bright, leaving trails across the sky.

You can also catch the meteor shower via NASA's Facebook page. A rate of 150 meteors per hour, for instance, means two to three meteors per minute, including faint streaks along with bright, fireball-generating ones. Head on out after 9 p.m. local time and see if you can spot one. The shower gets the name Perseid from the constellation Perseus, as the direction it seems to come from in the sky lies in the same direction as Perseus.

The CSA recommends looking for the meteors between moonset and dawn when the skies are at their darkest.

Some people like to close their eyes and wish on a falling star, but it's a good way to miss them.

But do not worry if you can not find the shower's namesake radiant - the Perseids will fly in all directions.

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