Meteor Shower August 2018: Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

11 August, 2018, 23:46 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend

NASA meteor specialist Bill Cooke told Space.com that the moon will play an important role in this year's Perseid shower. The actual peak night is Sunday, August 12th, when you'll see up to 100 meteors per hour, especially after midnight, when the Earth has turned, so to speak, into the path of the debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates the Perseids.

A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two. According to NASA, you would be able to see some meteors at 10 pm, but they suggest to wait until pre-dawn hours for best viewing.

But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights.

A major determining factor on where a good place is to watch the Perseids meteor shower is local cloud cover and artificial light pollution.

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Like all meteor showers it is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere.

The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year.

The Perseid shower is the most popular meteor shower every year.

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