Catch The Best of This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend
- Author: Joey Payne Aug 11, 2018,
Aug 11, 2018, 3:01
"Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".
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.
The Perseid meteor shower peak happens from August 11-13 with the night of August 12-13 expected to be the best time to watch, according to Faherty.
Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through debris from comets and asteroids. That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line. For all the stargazers, here are the best times and vantage points to see the spectacular space event. There are some occasional bursts of higher meteor activity, the next one being predicted in 2028.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".
This year's shower lasts from July 14 to August 24, but it reaches its peak from 4 p.m. ET on August 12 through 4 a.m. ET on August 13, according to NASA JPL. When the Earth's orbit crosses a trail of these particles they can collide with our atmosphere and burn up as shooting stars.
"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.
The meteors appear to shoot off of the constellation Perseus, which is how they get their name.
That is the million-dollar question of course. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.
This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show. However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an awesome light show.
Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies.
To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.