The Perseids, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaked early.
The Perseids, considered summer’s finest meteor showers, will reach their climax this week.
With the scarcity of activities to do at home, there is no better time to prepare for the meteor shower – famous for its dazzling, lingering flashes of light and dazzling “fireball”, These are large explosions that last longer than meteorites, according to NASA.
The meteor shower is active from July 14 to August 24, but most likely it will peak on August 11 and 12. If the weather is good, it’s the best time to try it out.
NASA says this year the moon will remain above the horizon during prime viewing hours, making it difficult to get an optimal view.
Fair warning: Meteors are unpredictable and fickle, but on a clear night with the right conditions, you can see anywhere from 15 to 20 meteors in an hour.
Perseid meteorites are tiny particles of ice and dust that form from the tail of Swift-Tuttle Comet and are named after the constellation Perseus, where they appear. Meteor shower occurs when Earth collides with microscopic dust and particles from the comet’s tail.
How can I watch Perseids?
All you need is a clear view of the night sky.
According to NASA, the best time to see would be from around 2 a.m. local time on August 12 until dawn. Focus on the northeast part of the sky, lie down on a bench or lawn and enjoy the stunning view.
If those hours are frustrating, you should set them a few hours earlier in the evening. While it is not peak hours, a few stray shooting stars can be seen.
The viewing experience is less ideal in cities due to the impact of light pollution, so if possible go to the countryside.
You can also watch indoors from your laptop screen comfortably. NASA offers a live stream that will be available from 9 p.m. EST on August 11 until sunrise the next day.
Contributions: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; Dean Regas, Cincinnati Enquirer.
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