Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend
Cary Marshall | 09 August, 2018, 02:39

The Perseids will peak this weekend between the 12th and 13th, when moonless nights will make for an especially dark sky.

This annual meteor shower comes as Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, causing bright streaks that appear as though they're radiating from the constellation Perseus.

Stargazers can expect to see 150-200 meteors an hour, complete with streaks and fireballs.

For viewers in southern latitudes, they'll start to appear in the sky around midnight and continue through the early hours of the morning.

The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.

The best place to view the meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, during the pre-dawn hours.

Out of the two nights, the evening of August 12-13 will be the better night, as up to 100 meteors will be visible per hour.

If you're lucky, you may spot an "earthgrazer" during this time, according to EarthSky.

The new moon falls the day before the peak, and the sky will remain dark for days after.

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Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert, told Space.com: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

What better way to spend the night than out under the stars. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

The best time to view the Perseid meteor shower in the United Kingdom is around midnight and during the very earliest hours of the morning.

The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.

Instead, just look up.

Even if you aren't an avid astronomer, you'll still have a great view.

The American Meteor Society said to look for shooting stars before the break of dawn when the shower's radiant climbs into the sky.

The meteors we see in August are fragments left by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

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