'Best meteor shower of the year' set to light up night skies

Katie Ramirez
August 13, 2019

The shower is expected to produce just 15-20 meteors per hour, far fewer than the 80 per hour during the peak previous year.

The Perseid meteor shower was to peak overnight Monday, but that doesn't mean you can't still see the show for a few days to come.

Don't worry, however. While the shower its at its peak tonight, the meteors are numerous and bright enough to be seen throughout the next few nights if the conditions are favorable. So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. The moon will be close to full right at the shower's peak, and its brightness will put a damper on meteor spotting.

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking as Earth moves through the debris trail of parent Comet Swift Tuttle. Although the Perseids Meteor is already underway, you'll get to see a peak of these comets starting from sunday, August 11 to the night of August 12 and August 13.

This 30-second exposure shows a meteor streaking across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

How does the Perseid meteor shower compare to other meteor showers?

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best.

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The Royal Observatory said: "Binoculars and telescopes are not necessary as they will restrict the size of the sky that will be visible to you'". They are called Perseids since the radiant - which is where the meteors seem to originate from - is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus, AMS said.

The Perseids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system, according to AMS.

The good news - you don't need any special equipment to see it.

The annual Perseids meteor shower will hit its crescendo Tuesday (Aug. 13) night, and armchair astronomers can tune in to a livestream on the Taipei Astronomical Museum's YouTube channel.

When will Perseid meteor be visible in the sky?

Viewers should be able to start seeing the light show just after sunset. During the peak, sky gazers can expect to see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

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