Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Watch the Perseid meteor shower hit its peak live from Europe

Perseids meteor shower peaks 13 August brings best odds to spot shooting star in 2019 A glimpse of the Perseids at its peak. Image NASA
Elijah Vega | 13 August, 2019, 21:40

Being that the moon will be almost full this year, the extra light can inhibit your ability to see Perseid at its most magnificent.

The Perseids are one of the more popular meteor showers, as they peak on warm August nights and can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

NASA says the best viewing times to catch the Perseids is between 2:00 a.m. local time until the sun rises at dawn, so make plans to stay up late or set your alarms to wake up just before 2 o'clock. Many of the Perseid meteors will still be plenty bright enough to see from city parks, if you don't have a means to travel. According to AMS, the shower will be at its strongest intensity during the Monday night, into the early hours of Tuesday. The almost full moon will wash out fainter meteors, but the fireballs and brighter streaks will still be visible. You don't have to use a telescope or binoculars to observe the meteor shower, just lie on your back for thirty minutes and let your eyes adjust to the dark. "We were expecting between 60 and 80 meteors an hour, but we got far less".

However, the lovely meteor shower may be affected by a number of conditions.

The meteor shower is expected to last until August 24 and will take place at the same time every night this week, but with diminishing returns as we approach Thursday's full moon.

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If you miss the Perseids, the Southern Taurids will peak on October 9 and 10.

The Perseids have been streaking the sky for a few weeks already, as EarthSky reports, and will continue on for another week or so.

"Weather tonight is largely dry for many but there is potentially some showers affecting western coasts later this evening and generally dying out overnight, where it might be cloudier". So what do you need to do to best see it in the CT sky? The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle.

A live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera in Huntsville will be available on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting around 7 p.m. CT and continuing until the early hours of August 13. That live stream will be available via the Meteor Watch page on Facebook.

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