How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

10 August, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Ann Santiago

Astronomy Magazine recommends getting up early to try viewing the shower in the last dark hour before dawn, but it's worth looking up at any hour after dusk.

An added bonus is that moonlight will not interfere with the spectacle this year.

This year's show is expected to be especially stunning, in part, because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early, leaving a dark night sky for stargazing, reported Space.com, a Live Science sister site.

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You can watch the meteor shower on the Virtual Telescope Project's website starting from August 12.

Although the shower peaks on August 12, you'll be able to see a good deal of shooting stars all weekend and into Monday.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August. It manifests as bright streaks of light shooting across the sky but if you blink, they're gone - literally.

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

The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower past year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

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If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours. The Perseids are best seen after 11 PM, away from city lights, and while looking at the northeastern sky. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views. "What happens over time is you get the comet and also this huge debris field which exists spread out along the entire orbit", Twarog said. That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line.

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