What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

12 August, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image

It's the most popular meteor shower of the year.

"You should be able to see them just by looking out of the window". Look north to see more meteors.

Even if the sky isn't clear where you are, it's possible to watch a live webcast of the meteor shower anywhere via the Slooh observatory. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the flawless backdrop for the late-summer nature show.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower. The bugs have calmed down, weather is ideal, you'll have a meteor shower to watch and the fire ban has been lifted at Algonquin Park.

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The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. We're talking the Perseid meteor shower, which is visible every year when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be. According to NASA's website, this weekend promises dark nights due to diminished moonlight from the new moon, bringing "some of the better skies" to view the cosmic spectacle. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour!

"We have some favorable sky conditions for viewing coming up as we get towards the peak of it", said Ron Steve, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville.

Head outside after 11 p.m., when the Perseus constellation is higher in the sky.

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