Monday, 19 August, 2019

Perseid Meteor Shower Can Be Observed Tonight

Stargazing Astronomy Starwatch: the Perseids – our most reliable meteor shower
Sandra Phillips | 13 August, 2019, 21:41

Where skies are clear, the Perseid meteor shower should be visible across the United Kingdom from around midnight until 5.30am, according to Royal Museums Greenwich.

According to NECN, the sky can flaunt from 50-100 meteors per hour, but the moon will adversely affect this year's show.

Unfortunately, the moon will be shining brightly tonight, washing out some of the streaks of light.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Monday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch.

With the moon being so bright, it is best to look at the darkest part of the sky.

This 30-second exposure shows a meteor streaking across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. According to experts, the number of meteors will increase at around 10 pm during the shower's peak. The shower's peak occurs the morning of August 13, just two days before Full Moon.

If you miss the Perseids, the Southern Taurids will peak on October 9 and 10.

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A view of the Ring Nebula in the night sky on August 9 above Quetico Provincial Park. The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus. "Just know that you won't see almost as many as you would had you gone out during the early morning hours".

As the Swift-Tuttle comet's debris enters the Earth's atmosphere at about 133,000 miles per hour, it results in brilliant flashes across the sky.

Dozens of meteors and fireballs should be visible to the naked eye as they pass above Earth.

The annual Perseids meteor shower will hit its crescendo Tuesday (Aug. 13) night, and armchair astronomers can tune in to a livestream on the Taipei Astronomical Museum's YouTube channel. Perseid meteors often leave long "wakes", or trails of light and color, behind them, making for a spectacular show.

The Perseids have been streaking the sky for a few weeks already, as EarthSky reports, and will continue on for another week or so.

Presuming the weather cooperates for NASA in Huntsville, Ala., there will be a live broadcast of the shower on its Meteor Shower Facebook page Monday at around 8 p.m.

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