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Perseid meteor shower peaks next week

Perseid meteor shower peaks next week”

There is a full moon during that time, which means the sky will be brighter then usual and the shooting stars will be harder to see. However, this year's peak occurs with a 94% lit moon which will be present all night long.

The height of the Perseid meteor showers is predicted between August 12 and August 13.

But it's not all bad news.

"But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks". This year, NASA said the meteor shower will peak around mid-August when the Earth crosses the orbit of the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Swift-Tuttle is pretty massive, comparatively speaking. Most shooting stars that burn up in our atmosphere are smaller than a grain of sand. But sometimes they can be as large as a pebble.

This meteor shower can produce up to 25 meteors per hour on the peak nights of August 4, 5, and 6. The best thing to do is to get away from lights.

No binoculars needed, but you may want a comfortable chair or blanket since you will be looking up for a while.

Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark (be sure to put your smartphone out of sight).

The best time to see the Perseids is between midnight and dawn. The Perseids begin in late July and continue into the middle of August.

These meteors appear to originate to the south from the constellation Aquarius which gives the meteor shower its name.

Your best night might be from August 9 onward, as the frequency of meteors will increase the closer we get to the peak. The moonlight will hold the sky too bright to see quite a few meteors. EarthSky also says that all the meteors will come from a point in front of the constellation Perseus.



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