Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

Dan Little | BDN Dan Little | BDN
Sandy Nunez | 12 August, 2019, 19:08

The much-anticipated meteor shower will, again, come to a climax Monday night, leading into the wee hours of Tuesday, August 13th.

While the Perseid shower is one which has the best visibility given it takes place in August and this is when the summer skies are clear, but this year the event is coinciding with a full Moon.

Originating from the constellation Perseus, the Perseids meteor shower will appear in the northeastern sky. The meteor shower appears as the Earth passes through the cosmic dust left by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

According to astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel, the best time to view the meteor shower would be the nights prior to its peak at around midnight. NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13.

Meteors of the shower are fast, with an average speed of 60 kilometers per second, and bright. There's no great trick to seeing the Perseids-just look up, though you may want to look away from the moon to the darkest part of the sky.

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Look up to see one of the cosmos' most attractive meteor displays.

Under flawless viewing conditions, up to 100 Perseids can shoot across the sky.

In order to make the most out of the meteor shower despite the bright Moon, it would be best to view it from a very dark location with an unobstructed view of the sky.

The US space agency has another tip for all those planning to watch the meteor shower.

Better yet, the Bay Area is filled with area's that boost low light pollution and elevated vantage points to watch (and Instagram) the shower. But the good new is that it will continue until the early hours of August 13. The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page will have a live camera feed from Alabama starting at 9 p.m. ET Monday.