How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower-Online or In Person

Katie Ramirez
August 13, 2018

The shower is usually visible every year between July 17 and August 24 around the world, but it's especially impressive the nights of August 11, 12 and 13, when up to 200 "shooting stars" will cross the sky every hour.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, with the peak night for the shooting stars falling on this Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday. Entering the atmosphere at high speed, the friction they create as they pass through causes the air around the meteor to heat up dramatically, resulting in a characteristic brief bright streak of light.

The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the sky and hence the name Perseids.

The United States, Europe, and Canada will be able to see the Perseids at their best, with similarly stellar views in Mexico and Central America, Asia, much of Africa, and parts of South America.

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Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

Perseids are observable throughout the northern hemisphere in summer, when sky is clear from clouds. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars. You'll have a lovely view of one of nature's greatest shows.

The best way to catch the shower is by travelling out of the city (if you aren't already) to a quiet spot not affected by light pollution. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

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