Meteor shower of the year coming up

09 August, 2018, 19:11 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", Cooke told Space.com.

"The average particle size is that of large sand grain but some small pea gravel-size meteors can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground", he continued.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although previous year saw about 80 an hour.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Earth will pass through the debris every year during its orbit.

Every between mid-July and the last week of August the Earth approaches the comet's orbital path.

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

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By Monday morning, that boundary should have cleared and it looks like viewing conditions will be good for just about all of New England.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

When is the Perseid meteor shower peak?

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

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".

Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show. Your rooftop may not be the best solution, especially if you're in downtown (you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible).

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