'Best meteor shower of the year' set to light up night skies

13 August, 2019, 21:38 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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This is when and how to watch the fireball display in the United Kingdom in 2019.

"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere", NASA said. Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9 p.m.to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

The meteor shower, caused by the Earth passing through the debris of the passing Swift-Tuttle comet, results in what NASA calls "nature's fireworks" in areas where the sky is dark enough to make the lights pop.

This year, the peak of the highly anticipated meteor shower falls on Monday night and into early Tuesday, according to the AMS. Your best viewing time will be from about 4 a.m. until dawn begins at 5:45 a.m.

They said: "The radiant of the Perseids is actually always above the horizon as seen from the United Kingdom, which means that observers in the United Kingdom should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets". If you're absolutely not a morning person, you can still head out late in the evening and look for fireballs.

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"This has real scientific value as we only know how these meteor showers develop by members of the public counting them while they view the handsome spectacle of nature that is a meteor shower".

Boyle says tonight's peak occurs with a 94 per cent lit moon which will reduce the numbers of faint meteors but you could still see brighter ones and the occasional fireball.

They will seem to come from, or radiate from, the constellation Perseus, in the northern sky.

A cosmic guest, known as the comet Swift-Tuttle, is giving earthlings a special treat, as the Perseids are reaching their climax tonight.

According to predictions, the comet will fly by Earth in 3044 after it was last visible from the planet in 1992. Keep in mind that if you live in a big city, you may not be able to see the meteors due to the light pollution. But you do have to give your eyes about a half-hour to adjust to the dark in any setting.

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