Friday, 19 October, 2018

Perseid meteor shower best seen next weekend

The radiant for the Perseids or area from where the meteors seem to originate is in the constellation Perseus The radiant for the Perseids or area from where the meteors seem to originate is in the constellation Perseus
Sandy Nunez | 08 August, 2018, 18:25

Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. 11 and it will continue through the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13.

The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA. But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13.

It's that time of year again: The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the weekend of August 12 and 13.

This year, astronomers estimate that 60 to 70 meteors can be seen per hour.

Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!"

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, according to the American Meteor Society.

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The best viewing will be with the darkest sky you can find. Then, sit back and wait while, looking at the northeastern sky. No equipment is necessary.

One of the most interesting and handsome things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors!

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid.

In Denver, the best viewing will be Sunday night August 12 into Monday morning (the 13th).

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and we may have those.

Best viewing time? Well, you might want to take a nap before you head out there.