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

Dan Little | BDN

The Perseids occur as a result of Earth passing through the path of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it orbits the sun. However, it will face bright interference this year from the moon, which is close to being completely full, NASA said.

Photographer Chris Bakley captured this image of the Perseid meteor shower in the early hours of August 12, 2019 in Stone Harbor, N.J. Chris Bakley What are the Perseids? Its low-light cameras are capable of capturing even faint meteors, and it will be showing the shower from telescopes positioned in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Thankfully, a solution is at hand, as both Slooh and U.S. space NASA are live streaming the annual celestial light show - here is how to watch it.

While this year's meteor shower will be affected by a full moon at the shower's peak and rates of visible meteors will be reduced from an average of 60 per hour to approximately 15-20 per hour, there'll still be plenty to see for anyone prepared to wait up to catch a glimpse at the optimum time. This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13.

Cloudy skies and a bright moon will combine to make it hard, if not impossible, to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight.

NASA scientists advise that although they can be seen any time after 10 p.m., the best time to spot a flurry of meteors will be during the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn, from 11 p.m.to first light.

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Once evening falls, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.

If you're unwilling to set your alarm along with the fearless and bleary-eyed celestial enthusiasts, it should be possible to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower once darkness falls. "But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA said. But the good new is that it will continue until the early hours of August 13. That live stream will be available via the Meteor Watch page on Facebook.

Perseids are named after the son of Perseus from the Greek mythology as they hail from the constellation of Perseus.

As NASA explains, Meteor showers take their name from the location of the radiant.

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