Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12th

Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12th

You can head out tonight to see the Perseid meteor shower, but the best time will be in the overnight hours on August 11-12 and 12-13. But between the nights of August 12 and August 13 the shower will explode with intensity, in what is known as the shower's peak.

The Perseids meteor shower is expected to peak within the next couple of days.

Comet Swift-Tuttle is 16 miles (26 kilometers) wide and passes by Earth every 133 years.

If the Earth's orbit intersects this debris orbit, a meteor shower results when these particles slam into the atmosphere at great speeds.

Its "impressive number of meteors" are also only second in size to Geminids, another meteor shower due in December, AccuWeather said. Whilst the shower may therefore not be as spectacular as in other years, it is still definitely worth a look. During the meteor shower an average of 60 meteors per hour can be seen. The key is to find a dark place, far from city lights.

The Perseids will be visible across the United States and elsewhere, and the best viewing will be found away from light pollution.

Here's more from Space.com: The key to seeing a meteor shower is "to take in as much sky as possible", Cooke said.

Fun fact: the Perseids are so named because the point from which they appear to originate lies within the constellation Perseus, of Greek mythological fame.

Patient watchers should still be able to look to the northeast and spot some of the brighter meteors. The peak of the Perseids coincides with a full moon, which means many meteors that would otherwise be visible will be washed out.

Meteors will be seen until dawn brightens the sky on Thursday morning, when Perseus is near its highest point in the sky.

How to watch Perseid meteor shower 2019? Firework-like displays will litter the skies as a cloud of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle comes crashing (and burning) towards our atmosphere.

If you've got binoculars or a small telescope, you might spot Jupiter and some of its moons. "There will be plenty of meteors, and you will not have to battle as much moonlight". Also, the opportune time to watch the event is during the morning hours, around 3 am, or 4 am.

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