Perseid Meteor Shower to be Observable from Indonesian Sky

Katie Ramirez
August 12, 2018

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.

Every year, the Perseids light up the skies when Earth passes through the debris tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which travels a 133-year-orbit of the sun.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

The Perseids get their name from the constellation Perseus, which the meteors seem to come from (they do not actually originate in the constellation). The Perseids started at the end of July, but the peak is on 12-13 August - which makes it a flawless weekend!

Watching the Perseid meteor shower is popular because it assures spotting an abundance of meteors, some of which are dazzling fireballs, streaking across your favorite night skies. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America. These apps can identify many constellations and planets in the sky, many of which may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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The bright streak of light in the photo was snapped when the meteor sped at speeds of 132,000 miles an hour.

The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object that repeatedly passes earth. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to ideal this year. But for those who want to experience the meteor shower amped up to 11, getting to a "dark sky park" is an absolute must.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016. But another phenomenon arises alongside these more spectacular, but short-lasting, displays: tiny fragments break off of the orbiting comet or asteroid.

To see the meteor shower, you don't need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment; all you need is your eyes. The best time to be outside to catch the peak is between midnight and dawn. It will take about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust, and the longer you wait outside, the more meteors you'll see. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago.

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