Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower

Reuters The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend
| 13 August, 2018, 19:14

This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the USA can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

Yet, light pollution in towns and cities can prevent optimum viewing conditions, and reduce the visibility of the shooting stars.

And if your view is obscured by weather or clouds this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights afterward.

He said: 'Peak of the Perseid Meteor showers tonight... and guess what... it's bloody cloudy - again'.

So if you want a good view, look to the Northeastern sky after dark.

The Perseid meteor shower, considered to be the best astronomical event of the year, happens when the Earth orbits through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.


A clear sky could make way for an incredible natural show of streaking fireball meteors and so far, (as of Friday afternoon) the forecast is looking ideal!

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the night progresses.

People looking up at the night sky in Central America, Asia, Africa and parts of South America were able to see the display, that is also known as the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence". Hence, during the strong activity of Perseids, the moon is expected to be a slender crescent, which will ensure sky is darker than usual.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

If clouds obscure the sky where you are, there are several options for watching the shower online.

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