Monday, 19 August, 2019

Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

Perseid meteors upper left streak past time-lapse-captured stars north of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak in the Lima region the next few nights Cooler temps expected overnight, sunny skies with some humidity on Sunday
Sandra Phillips | 12 August, 2019, 16:29

When will Perseid meteor be visible in the sky?

It is the annual Perseids meteor shower.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the best views, provided they can escape the light pollution from towns and cities. Our planet swings through the debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle each year, from mid-July to late-August, with the most eye-catching episodes happening early-August. But there is a possibility to catch more of these meteors raining down at times when lights of sun or moon are not as prevalent during dusk or right before dawn. The Perseids are visible all over the sky.

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.

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However, a close-to-full moon during the week (August 15) means the sky will not be dark enough to fully enjoy its peak.

Look up to see one of the cosmos' most attractive meteor displays.

Space.com will be offering a livestream of the meteor shower on its website starting at 4:40am AEST on Tuesday from Slooh. It is recommended that you keep that smartphone screen away as bright screens will negatively affect your night vision and also reduces the number of meteors you can spot. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras. But the good new is that it will continue until the early hours of August 13. The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus. To give another example, the Geminid meteor shower, which is observed each December, is named for a radiant in the constellation Gemini.

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