Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this weekend

by Dominic Parks August 12, 2017, 0:23
Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this weekend

But for this year, the event will coincide with a particularly bright moon that could illuminate the sky.

She also revealed the exact time to view the upcoming meteor shower properly. But the presence of the moon which was a full moon on August 7 will be illuminated by 80 percent a week later dimming the effect of shooting stars.

"This year, we are expecting enhanced rates of about 150 (meteors) per hour or so, but the increased number will be canceled out by the bright moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", states a NASA blog.

"The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies".

Every year, the best time to watch the shower of particles is August 12 or 13.

A Perseid meteor shower will send thousands of fireballs hurtling towards Earth, with the peak of activity likely to be on Saturday and Sunday between 3am and 4am. Unfortunately, the light reflecting off the moon will make it more hard to see the streaking meteors.

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To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night. "We see bright streaks of light across the sky, known as meteor showers".

Prepare to sit for a few hours, as the longer you stay, the better you'll see as it can take up to 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark. But in the meantime, as Earth passes yearly through the dust and debris it has left behind, this creates the annual Perseid meteor shower. "However, these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them".

Meteors can be visible at a rate of 80 to 100 per hour during this particular shower, which is about one to two meteors every minute. A light jacket or blanket could be ideal since temperatures are expected to cool to the upper 60s from 9 midnight, depending on how cozy you want to be when relaxing and enjoying the meteor shower.

You'd never know it looking at our daytime sky, but right now, Earth is passing through the path of Comet Swift Tuttle.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, said Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society. Once these bits of comet debris hit Earth's atmosphere, the meteors are heated to almost 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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