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How to Watch the Peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

How to Watch the Peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight How to Watch the Peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight
Sandy Nunez | 13 August, 2019, 21:40

It's that time of year again, when the spectacular Perseid meteor shower rains fire across the night sky. Also, because of the light reflected by the full moon will be quite bright, the meteor shower might appear relatively reduced in comparison to other years.

The Thunder Bay chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada prepares to host its annual Perseid meteor shower observation at Quetico Provincial Park with several different telescopes for participants to try out. According to AMS, the shower will be at its strongest intensity during the Monday night, into the early hours of Tuesday.

However, the Perseids are known for their fireballs, or extremely bright meteors, which will still shine through the moonlight.

Every year at this time, the night sky gives the gift of the Perseid Meteor Shower. You can go out after dark, around 9 p.m. local time, and see Perseids. The showers are often made up of 50 to 100 meteors per hour. 13, the annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak, allowing stargazers to enjoy the lightshow.

If you miss it this year, you can always wait until next August.

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The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

The Perseids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system, according to AMS.

David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, said: "This has real scientific value as we only know how these meteor showers develop by members of the public counting them while they view the attractive spectacle of nature that is a meteor shower".

"It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and the longer you wait outside, the more you'll see", the space website reported. NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13.

The Perseids have been streaking the sky for a few weeks already, as EarthSky reports, and will continue on for another week or so. If clouds or other obstacles get in the way, tune into the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page for a live camera feed from Alabama starting around 6 p.m. PT on August 12.