The most popular meteor shower around is coming in the sky for the biggest show it can ever get – in just one night.
The Perseid meteor shower tonight not only has more than 60 meteors per hour – considered a large number – but it also includes brighter fireballs. Both are set to move extremely quickly, creating a staggering streak in the sky.
What is the Perseid meteor shower?
The Perseids peak annually in mid-August, and thanks to their high density, fast-moving meteors and fireballs associated with late summer weather, NASA wrote that Perseid meteorites – comprised of debris from Stars Swift-Tuttle broom – “is considered the most beautiful meteor shower of the year”;.
When does the Perseid meteor shower start and what time does it peak?
Perseid meteorites have appeared in the sky above Earth since late July, but they will peak before dawn Wednesday. Starting Tuesday at 9pm local time and continuing throughout the night until peaking after midnight, the Perseids rays will be visible to the naked eye. For the grand finale of the showers, NASA recommends curious earthlings look up from 2 a.m. until dawn, whenever possibly where you are.
Unfortunately, this year’s showers will be somewhat hampered by the fact that the moon is currently in its final quarter phase. Its luminosity will reduce the number of visible meteors to 15 to 20 meteors per hour, despite the fact that more than 60 will shoot. Only brighter fireballs and meteors stand out in the powerful light of the moon.
Where and how can I see it?
The showers will take place all over the sky and can be seen all over the world. NASA strongly recommends against using telescopes or binoculars to try to detect Perseids, as they limit the field of view.
Instead, the space agency says the best way to spot intergalactic light shows is to hope the night will be cloudless, find a location away from bright lights, lie on your back, to keep your eyes open. in the dark for about 30 minutes. (this includes doing your best not to use the phone or other light-emitting technology) and look up.