2019’s Perseid Meteor Shower Will Deal With a Bright Moon

Katie Ramirez
August 11, 2019

This year, unfortunately, there's a full moon right at the shower peak, which means that rate of 60 decreases to about 15-20.

Up to 100 meteors per hour will occur during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, which begins Monday night and continues into early Tuesday morning, according to AccuWeather. Head on out after 9 p.m. local time and see if you can spot one.

For those keen to try their luck with photos, a wide aperture and the highest ISO the camera can go without introducing too much noise is best.

The Perseids come to an end this year on August 24.

As the comet travels on its 133-year orbit, debris crashes into our atmosphere at 212,000 kilometres per hour and reaches temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees.

Named for its first two discoverers, Comet Swift-Tuttle then sped back out into space.

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THE attractive Perseid meteor shower will light up the night skies next week when Earth crashes into the orbital debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

We get that not everyone is awake in the middle of the night, so don't fret! They typically burn up about 50 miles away from the earth. Perseids are also known for fireballs, so it's still worth heading out despite the bright moon.

Swift-Tuttle last passed through the inner solar system in December 1992. Meteor showers therefore tend to be named after the constellation that matches this location. When you sit quite still, close to the rapidly cooling ground, with damp air, you can become very chilled.

You don't have to leave the comfort of your computer to enjoy the Perseids. In addition, a few other "minor" showers will radiate from the southern part of the sky, and these may augment this annual midsummer celestial performance. Best of luck catching sight of those shooting stars!

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh also hosts regular stargazing events.

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