The Perseids are back once again and they are about to offer us another spectacular show. This time it appears that the conditions will be almost perfect for viewing them. The Perseid meteor shower can be seen in the northern hemisphere.
You might already see some meteors during these nights, but the real show will begin late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13. This will also coincide with the new moon, which means that the moon won’t be present and it will be easier to focus on the Perseids.
What are the Perseids?
The Perseids are part of the cosmic debris which is left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comment passes by our planet every 133 years. It is believed that the Perseids come from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia.
While the Perseids might look impressive, they are in fact pieces of space debris the size of a small pebble. They are flying around 80 miles above us, at nearly 60 kilometres per second. Binoculars or telescopes are not needed in order to see the Perseids.
On Sunday night you should be able to see around 110 meteors in an hour. According to the Astronomy Magazine, it is recommended that you watch the meteors in that last hour before. You should be able to see the Perseids from any area that has a view of the night sky. It is also advised that you find a place away from any light pollution.
Find a good viewing spot and bring a blanket and maybe a chair with you. It might take 15 to 20 minutes for your eyes to get used to the dark. Make sure you dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothes.
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