Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Perseid meteor shower best seen next weekend

A composite image of Perseid meteors in 2015 is shown A composite image of Perseid meteors in 2015 is shown
Sandra Phillips | 08 August, 2018, 18:22

According to an article at CBS Denver, you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak during the overnight hours between August 11 and August 12, according to Forbes.

And this coming week we'll see what many astronomers consider the very best of all meteor showers - the Perseids. The Perseid shower is one of the most popular shower among stargazers, sending it be one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the entire year.

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. 2016 was an outburst year, which means the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand.

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Earth passes through the path of Swift-Tuttle's debris from July 17 to August 24, with the peak coming August 11-13. However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. Then, sit back and wait while, looking at the northeastern sky.

Comet Swift-Tuttle causes the Perseids.

One of the most interesting and attractive things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors!

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour. This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower.

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