Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

Cooler temps expected overnight, sunny skies with some humidity on Sunday The Best Spots To Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Bay Area
Elijah Vega | 12 August, 2019, 19:08

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.

The Perseids meteor shower is expected to bring around 100 meteors per hour.

This year, Astronomy Ireland is taking part in a Nationwide Perseid Watch, urging stargazers to simply count the number of meteors or shooting stars in the sky and to contact Astronomy Ireland with the details.

Hailed by experts as one of the best meteor showers of the year, the show is best witnessed between 2 a.m. and dawn when the skies are darkest.

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible till August 13.

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Unfortunately, the moon will be shining brightly tonight, washing out some of the streaks of light. According to NASA, this will reduce the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt.

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best. But tonight (August 12) marks the shower's so-called peak - a night of intense activity when hundreds of shooting stars light up the night. 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 shower runs until August 26 and is best seen after dark and before dawn. According to the NASA website, the space agency plans to have a live broadcast from a camera in Huntsville, Alambama.

Mr Hankey said: "The meteors in this shower are particles left behind in the debris trail of a comet called Swift-Tuttle".

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