Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays

12 August, 2019, 16:27 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Dan Little | BDN

It is the annual Perseids meteor shower. These start around late July and will peak on August 12 night to August 13. That will interfere with viewing the meteors.

The meteors are caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The very rare meteors that do not burn up hit the surface of the plant as meteorites.

In particularly good years, which do not include 2019, as many as 200 Perseids are visible per hour. Because of the size of the dust stream, Perseids can be seen from 17 July to 24 August. Even with the light of the moon, viewers should still be able to witness about 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

Fireballs from the Perseids will also add to the drama, of what NASA calls "best meteor shower of the year". These are said to create the largest number of meteors every year but not all of these are visible.

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If you can resist the temptation to check your phone for between 30 and 60 minutes, you're likely to see some phenomenal cosmic firecrackers streaking across the sky from about 10pm until just before sunrise in your local time zone. These are more popular among sky-watchers than other meteor showers like Leonoids or Geminids as they occur in the mid-summer. According to the NASA website, the space agency plans to have a live broadcast from a camera in Huntsville, Alambama.

Perseids are named after the son of Perseus from the Greek mythology as they hail from the constellation of Perseus.

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.

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