Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend; Will We See It?

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend; Will We See It?

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend; Will We See It?

If you happen to miss Sunday night's peak display, the Perseids will still be visible - albeit at post-peak performance with fewer meteors per hour - through August 24th.

The great news is that this weekend there is a new moon, which makes the sky darker, allowing you to easily spot the light from the meteorites.

Cooke said the first shooting stars will appear around 10:30 p.m. local time on august 12 and will come with increasing frequency as the night progresses.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. The meteors will appear to originate in the northeast sky.

The comet whose tail creates the Perseus shower is called 109P/Swift-Tuttle, and is named after the US astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, who discovered it in 1862.

It's mid August, and that means fun family viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower in Maine.

NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower". Under dark skies, 60 or more meteors are typically seen each hour.

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The Perseid meteor shower is a prolific meteor shower which occurs every year in mid-August.

The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for the long, streaking trails they leave behind.

The reason for the meteor shower: Earth is passing through the debris path from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

It may take a little while before you see one, and it's easy to look away and miss one!

The best time to watch will be on the night of August 12 and the early morning of August 13, especially in the pre-dawn hours.

To see the meteor shower, you don't need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment; all you need is your eyes. As always, it's best to get away from light pollution and head far away from city centers. The number of meteors left behind during the 1990's was high, but figures are now falling and the comet will not be as close again until 2125. According to Accuweather, the forecast for clear viewing of the meteor shower is a bit murky. Venus will be the first to appear after the sun sets and will be best viewed on the western horizon at around 9:30 p.m. local time.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

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