The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon: Here's What to Expect

Katie Ramirez
August 10, 2019

However, because of the brightness of the "waxing gibbeous" moon, it might be slightly more hard to see all of the meteors.

A almost full moon during this year's annual Perseids could drown some of the meteors from view though there will be less viewing time without the bright moon late Monday into Tuesday, says EarthSky.org.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is set to light up the sky this weekend!

The Perseid meteor shower is active each year from around mid-July until the last week of August.

This year, viewers can expect to see 60 meteors per hour at its peak. First, the moon will be almost full so bright moonlight will make it harder to see anything.

This year, the Perseid meteor shower started on the 17July and will end around the 24August.

It's recommended that people prepare for observing the unique and marvelous event, as it's truly one of nature's greatest shows.

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Although onlookers in big cities, such as Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix are forecast to have favorable weather, they may want to consider traveling to a darker area away from the light pollution in the city. This means the moon will seriously hamper viewing of this year's Perseid display; bright moonlight will flood the sky for nearly the entire night, playing havoc with any serious attempts to see meteors. The best time for viewing will be just before dawn, or roughly between 2 to 5 am Monday night/Tuesday morning.

The best time to watch the Perseids is any time after 10 p.m., according to NASA. Many of them are bright, leaving trails across the sky.

Actually, avoiding all light sources is the best way to ensure you can see the meteors.

Caution: Meteor watching takes patience; it may take a few minutes even on a dark night to see one, during a meteor shower. Don't worry because according to NASA, the Perseids don't pose a danger.

Once you are all settled in, look for the Perseids radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus.

And the good news is meteor showers are best enjoyed without telescopes or meteors.

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