Stay Up Later to Catch Meteor Shower

James Marshall
August 12, 2019

The popular meteor shower has been underway since mid-July, and on Monday night the celestial spectacle will reach its peak. The shower is active from mid-July until the last week of August when individual meteors zip across the sky.

People in the Northern Hemisphere should have the best seat in the house to catch the Perseids.

Up to 100 meteors per hour could shoot across the sky tonight. It will become most prominent during its peak on August 12 to 13. The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle.

An annual event, the Perseid meteor shower is considered one of the most reliable and spectacular meteor showers of the astronomic calendar, with dozens of shooting stars and fireballs set to be visible to the naked eye.

However, according to NASA, visible meteor rates will be down from over 60 per hour to 15-20 per hour because of the brightness of the nearly-full moon, unlike a year ago when there was diminished moonlight. Get away from any light source, even though there is a very bright full moon. Unfortunately, due to various weather conditions, only about 10 to 15 meteors per hour will be visible during the shower's peak. But tonight (August 12) marks the shower's so-called peak - a night of intense activity when hundreds of shooting stars light up the night.

Under flawless viewing conditions, up to 100 Perseids can shoot across the sky. The best time to actually see the meteor showers are before the sun comes up while it's still dark.

This year, however, U.S. space agency NASA said between 15 and 20 meteors will be visible.

Originating from the constellation Perseus, the Perseids meteor shower will appear in the northeastern sky.

To watch 2019 Perseid meteor shower from India, pick the time between 2 AM and dawn. This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13. This will continue until the early hours of the morning. The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page will have a live camera feed from Alabama starting at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

As NASA explains, Meteor showers take their name from the location of the radiant.

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