Perseids Meteor Shower: How to Watch This Amazing Sky Show

James Marshall
August 13, 2020

The best time to view the Perseid meteor shower is typically in the pre-dawn hours during its peak, which this year is August 11-13.

Additionally, the Perseids meteor shower is also well-known for its bright fireballs, with its bright lights and colors.

The Perseids meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that is easily one of the most popular - even if it's not quite the most prolific - because it's easily visible across the entire northern hemisphere in August. Caused by dust and debris shed by passing comets, the Perseid meteors come from a comet called Swift-Tuttle which orbits the Sun every 133 years. The shower is known as the Perseids because the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Perseus. Earth passes through the comet's path from around the middle of July to late August each year.

However, Perseids meteors could be visible starting at 10 p.m., although they may not be as active.

Stargazers are in for a treat as Irish skies are set to be lit up by a magical meteor shower early next week.

. You can try out this handy tool here to see what time is best for stargazing!

Moreover, NASA confirmed the alpha Capricornid and Southern Delta Aquariid meteor showers are still active, and then Orionid will also start this October.

Once in full flow, the spectacular display could produce up to 100 "shooting stars" an hour.

In particularly good years, which do not include 2020, as many as 200 Perseids are visible per hour.

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