UW hosting 'Star Party' to view annual Perseid meteor shower

James Marshall
August 13, 2019

Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. This is a reliable meteor shower that can reach peak rates of one meteor every minute.

A spectacular meteor display is set to light up Irish skies in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Perseid meteor shower began around July 17, it said, and will end around 10 days after the peak period. Its low-light cameras are capable of capturing even faint meteors, and it will be showing the shower from telescopes positioned in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are attractive". "There will be plenty of meteors, and you will not have to battle as much moonlight". "They are multi-colored and many are bright".

As many 20 times more shooting stars than normal are expected between dusk and dawn, according to Astronomy Ireland. This includes most of the western United States and the southern Plains.

The peak viewing time will occur between 2am and 5am on Tuesday.

"The Perseids are most active after midnight through daybreak", Samuhel added.

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the number of meteors per hour for the 2019 Perseid meteor shower.

And, if for some reason you miss this shower, don't fret: the Geminid meteor shower, in December, also serves cosmic gymnastics that move at lightening speeds through the sky.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

Up to 100 meteors per hour could shoot across the sky tonight.

Look for the darkest spot in the sky, but be sure to let your eyes "hang loose,"the space experts say".

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