This Weekend To Offer Ideal Conditions For The Perseid Meteor Shower

This Weekend To Offer Ideal Conditions For The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best (if not the best) meteor showers of the year.

This year, on peak night, the number of visible meteors per hours will probably reach 20 or 30.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is most visible at its peak on the nights of August 12 and 13.

The brightly shining moon will make it more hard to spot any meteors streaking across the night sky, but that doesn't mean 2019's Perseids are a total wash.

When is the best time to watch?

Each summer, our little blue planet comes across the orbital path of the Swift-Tuttle comet and its debris create the "Perseid meteor shower".

Most of the meteors seen in this composite are Perseids.

The annual Persied shower is most well known for the bright explosions of colour and the long "tails" of the meteors.

More news: Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool FC injury update on Alisson Becker
More news: Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer decide to return to ATP Player Council
More news: Donald Trump Puts Industry on Blast: 'Hollywood Is Racist'

You may have already noticed a meteor or two streaking across the night sky if you've gone outdoors and looked up at night in the past two or three weeks.

Note that the "window of dark sky" shortens as you head north, primarily because the morning twilight period lengthens at higher latitudes. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through.

According to the study, the pristine skies are mostly found in rural parts of the western US and Alaska, The Washington Post reported.

The Perseids come to an end this year on August 24. On both nights the shower is best seen between 2 a.m. and dawn, local time. They hit our atmosphere fifty to seventy-five miles up at an astounding 25,000 to 160,000 mph (evening meteoroids tend to be slower than ones that arrive in the late night hours).

Swift-Tuttle last passed through the inner solar system in December 1992.

The International Space Station got an excellent Perseid show back in 2011. Some warm food and drink will also help keep you comfortable.

One astronomical event dominates all others this week.

Related Articles