The Perseids peak on the night of August 11-12, with up to 75 meteors per hour. Here’s what you need to know:
What are Perseids?
The Perseids are dust and debris from the Swift-Tuttle Comet, AccuWeather explains.
“Perseids are not only many, they are beautiful. Most asteroids leave sparkling trails as they pass,” said AccuWeather Astronomical Blogger Dave Samuhel. “They come in many colors and many bright colors.”
According to NASA, the meteor shower is considered by many to be the best of the year due to its high incidence and pleasant late summer temperatures.
When are the Perseids in 2020?
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Tuesday night.
The best time to watch is from 11pm Tuesday to 1am Wednesday. It was the darkest time of the night before the moon rose.
For those who go to bed earlier, a few shooting stars will appear at around 9pm local time.
How do I watch Perseids?
Perseids can be seen with the naked eye. According to NASA, the meteorites will be visible all over the sky, so don’t worry about looking in a particular direction.
If the weather is unfavorable in your area, NASA will be streaming the shower on Facebook live from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Here are some AccuWeather tips to see:
- Check out the latest forecast. If patchy clouds are expected, be patiently prepared and wait for a break.
- Find an area with less light pollution. If you live in a city, consider traveling to a less lit area.
- Lie on your back and watch the sky.
- Avoid looking at your device and other light sources. Find the darkest part of the sky. Keep the moon out of your sight as best as possible.
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