Sunday, 25 August, 2019

The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon: Here's What to Expect

Perseid meteor shower to light up sky in outback WA The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Next Week—Here's How to Boost Your Chance of Seeing a Shooting Star
Elijah Vega | 11 August, 2019, 23:39

This shower occurs as debris of a comet through which the Earth travels once a year. The Perseid meteor shower is attributed to the particulates shed by periodic Comet 109P/Swift-Turtle. Usually, each year around mid-August, the meteor shower peaks at around 60 or more shooting stars blazing across the sky every hour.

While the peak time for viewing is technically Monday night into Tuesday there are two reasons this may not be the best time for viewing the night sky.

Under ideal conditions, the Perseids can produce up to 80 or 100 bright meteor streaks an hour.

Also, avoid trying to take a photo or using your cellphone; the bright light from the screen will hamper your night vision and may cause you to miss seeing the shooting stars.

Actually, avoiding all light sources is the best way to ensure you can see the meteors. However, because of the brightness of the "waxing gibbeous" moon, it might be slightly more hard to see all of the meteors. This year, unfortunately, there's a full moon right at the shower peak, which means that rate of 60 decreases to about 15-20.

You'll increase your chances if you're willing to stay up late - the best time for watching is typically after midnight to just before dawn.

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The Perseids, known for being bright and fast, are streaking across the sky as we speak, but will peak starting this weekend.

"They are called Perseids since the radiant-the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate-is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity", a statement from the AMS read.

No matter where you live worldwide, the 2019 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.

There is also no need to bring a telescope or binoculars with you - the meteors are too quick to follow with instruments.

How can you see the meteor shower?

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