Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

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The Perseid are essentially a collection of dust and small rocks left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.

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People love the Perseid meteor shower because it's something they can view without any equipment; in fact a telescope is a waste of time, because the meteorites fly by so fast, Twarog said. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help.

The space expert said: "The best observed rates are found when the Perseid radiant is highest in the sky during the pre-dawn hours, but even in the mid-evening from 10pm the radiant is already at a quite favourable elevation above the horizon".

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there. If stargazers miss the show on Saturday, they also can look for it again beginning at about 11 p.m. on Sunday night.

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The meteor shower will grow more spectacular through the weekend with top performance between midnight and dawn Sunday and Monday. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show". The moon will also not be an issue this year with only a crescent moon appearing.

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