This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

11 August, 2018, 02:59 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.

This weekend will be the best time to view the event with its maximum peak on Sunday night and Monday morning.

From Aug.11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. That was most likely the Perseids.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Unfortunately for most of us in the southern hemisphere, the event will be below our horizon. There are some occasional bursts of higher meteor activity, the next one being predicted in 2028.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

There's a unique opportunity to watch what may look like shooting stars putting on a show this weekend. Hopefully, clear skies will allow for the best viewing.

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If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.

The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.

That is the million-dollar question of course. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

This means we'll be left with a dark sky for the rest of the night, and only city light pollution will interfere with the show.

"All you've got to do is go outside, find a nice dark spot, lie flat on your back and look up", Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told Live Science previously. As the space rocks burn, they create a bright streak of light known as meteors, or shooting stars.

It takes 20 minutes pretty much for your eyes to adjust to the dark and then you'll say oh there's more of them now. No.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour).

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