Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?

10 August, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Tara Reeves
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The actual peak night is Sunday, August 12th, when you'll see up to 100 meteors per hour, especially after midnight, when the Earth has turned, so to speak, into the path of the debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates the Perseids. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. The Perseid shower is one of the most popular shower among stargazers, sending it be one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the entire year.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming this weekend.

Will you be watching the meteor shower?

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years. During outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

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But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights.

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, said: "The moon is very favourable 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". If you can find a secluded area away from city lights you will see more flashes. Lie on your back and look straight up.

In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danae, according to Earthsky.

No special equipment is needed to enjoy this nighttime spectacle, just a dark sky and some patience. "So don't rush the process".

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