Our most reliable meteor shower

James Marshall
August 12, 2019

The jaw-dropping, eye-opening peak to the Perseid Meteor Shower is only two nights away, on August 12th.

The Perseid Meteors will be on full display tonight!

Between July and August every year, Earth travels through the orbital debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The very rare meteors that do not burn up hit the surface of the plant as meteorites. According to NASA, this will reduce the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour.

The meteors began to hit the nightsky on July 17 and will continue until August 24. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through. These are said to create the largest number of meteors every year but not all of these are visible. The Perseids are visible all over the sky. "The best time to see it is with no moon because it makes the sky darker". Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours.

Look up to see one of the cosmos' most lovely meteor displays. These are more popular among sky-watchers than other meteor showers like Leonoids or Geminids as they occur in the mid-summer.

You can also check out a live stream of the show thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project on its website as well as on YouTube.

The Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus (hence the name), and for best viewing the advice is, as always, to stand anywhere with as limited light pollution as you can manage with your back to the moon, looking north or east.

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