Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend

09 August, 2018, 04:53 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13.

If weather allows, you'll be able to see the best meteor shower of the year this weekend.

Boyle says the meteors strike the earth's atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour, causing long streaks that completely vaporize.

The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, according to Gary Boyle, an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who is known as "The Backyard Astronomer".

Know that the meteors all come from a single point in the sky. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.

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The Perseids will be most visible in the Northern Hemisphere and clearest during pre-dawn hours, according to NASA.

While the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, the best time to see the shower starts August 11, thanks to the new moon that day. At this time, you will be able to see the most shooting stars.

The Perseid meteor shower is visible to the naked eye, so no equipment is necessary. To get a good view, you should first lie down and then look to the northeast, the direction of the meteor shower.

The Perseid meteor shower may be an annual event, but it's such an exciting celestial show that it's always worth another look.

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