This Is the Best Time to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

10 Août, 2018, 05:30 | Auteur: Therese Cote

The peak will be from 9.00 pm on Sunday 12th August to 4.30 am on Monday 13th August.

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

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

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

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA.

Swift-Tuttle measures a massive 16 miles, and last passed by Earth in 1992.

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Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see? Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours.

The best time to view the Perseids is around midnight and during the early hours of the morning - up until 5.30am - when light pollution is at its lowest.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.

As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars.

"If you have seen a few of them you have seen them all", he said. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.

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