The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Next Week—Here's How to Boost Your Chance of Seeing a Shooting Star
11 August, 2019, 23:39
The real peak of the shower comes Monday night into Tuesday morning, but NASA says there will only be a limited time of dark sky between moonset and twilight.
You can also catch glimpses of the Perseid meteors in the days leading up to the peak, and you should be able to see some in the sky until the last week of August. In terms of viewing, Monday's overnight will yield more meteors, but they'll be competing against more moonlight, NASA says.
In the case of the Perseids, this debris originates from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it speeds path Earth in its orbit of the sun.
Here's more from Space.com: The key to seeing a meteor shower is "to take in as much sky as possible", Cooke said. The light from the moon will outshine some of the dimmer meteors but after the moon sets around 4:30 am more meteors will become visible.
The Perseid Meteor Shower can include up to 100 meteors per minute at its highest rate, but you're not likely to see anywhere near that number yourself.
The Perseids are the most reliable and often the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.
The meteor shower happens every year as the Swift-Tuttle comet shoots past Earth, according to 9News. Don't worry because according to NASA, the Perseids don't pose a danger.
The result is bright streaks across the night sky. As the full moon is on August 15, moonlight from the waxing gibbous moon close to the nights around the peak will obscure all but the brightest meteors. When these pieces collide with our atmosphere at speeds of 37 miles (60 km) per second, friction with the atmosphere cooks them to white hot, so they produce an incandescent trail of ionized gas in their wake, creating the effect of a shooting star. Find out how to watch the meteor shower in Australia.
You don't have to leave the comfort of your computer to enjoy the Perseids.
Good luck and clear skies!
Stargazers rejoice! The astronomical event of the year is just around the corner.