Sunday, 19 August, 2018

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

Perseid meteor shower GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour
Sandy Nunez | 09 August, 2018, 12:25

"You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video.

Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteors.

This year the meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12, going into August 13.

This makes the summertime display one of only three annual showers that produce this many.

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. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

During the Perseid meteor shower, spectators will see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object that repeatedly passes earth. 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. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.

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"This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes", Cooke told Space.com.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

Just allow yourself 30 minutes for your eyes to get adjusted to the dark.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.

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.

Being in the northern hemisphere, the United Kingdom is in a prime spot to witness the lunar show.