Weekend brings best time to view Perseids meteor shower

You'll want to ensure you're under a dark enough sky to see as many stars as possible.

One of the best annual astronomical events will light up the sky this weekend and celestial bodies have aligned to produce an excellent late-night show.

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity". The timing of this shower actually falls in line with a new moon, which will also allow more meteors to be visible. The best viewing times are a few hours after twilight, up until dawn, on days surrounding the peak.

According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

The Perseid meteors are one of the most active meteor showers of the year with as many as 100 shooting stars appearing on an hourly rate. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere. In Europe, the eastern European nations may offer some of the clearest skies.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

How to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India? They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.

You'll need to get away from city lights and move to a low-lit area.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower. But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine.

  • Joey Payne