How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

10 August, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Perseid meteor shower 2018

In Manitoba, the best time to see the meteors is at around 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pahud said, adding any time around midnight will be good for viewing.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - flawless weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot. However, it's important to set an alarm clock, because the meteor shower occurs while most people are sleeping. An enjoyable number of meteors will be visible - and you can sleep late the next morning.

One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is expected to peak this weekend. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to flawless this year.

Twarog warns that the meteors cross the sky fairly quickly.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky. More meteors are visible the higher this radiant rises. This comet was discovered by American astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle back in the Civil War days of 1862.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour).

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This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

If you're counting meteors, notice there are times when numerous meteors are visible followed by a near absence of activity. Debris from the tail end of this comet hits our atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour and burns up before it makes contact with the surface of the Earth.

The comet that left the Perseid meteor stream is a piece of dirty ice about 26km in diameter called 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

Can I only watch the peak?

-Escape from city lights and find a nice, dark spot, so you'll be able to see the fainter meteors, Cooke said.

"The dunes at Mleiha, especially around Al Faya Mountain and The Fossil Rock, offer a secluded experience for visitors and sky watchers who look forward to create great memories out of this opportunity".



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