Perseid showers put on a show tonight and tomorrow

Posted August 13, 2019

The Perseids meteor shower happens every year, and is linked to the Swift-Tuttle comet.

People in the Northern Hemisphere should have the best seat in the house to catch the Perseids. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

Originating from the constellation Perseus, the Perseids meteor shower will appear in the northeastern sky.

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

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While activity from the meteor shower can be spotted for more than a month, the peak is considered one of the brightest and most reliable annual events.

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"This year's shower, however, has unfortunate circumstance of having a full moon right at the shower peak, reducing the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour". "But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA said.

In a welcome development, meanwhile, the weather looks like it might lend itself to ideal conditions for stargazing, with skies set to clear on Monday night following showers in the evening.

The Perseid meteor shower is a yearly occurrence, and has been described as one of the highlights of the astronomical calendar.

The Perseid Watch has been taking place since 6 August and will continue until 19 August, no special equipment is required and more details on how to get in touch can be found here. NASA plans to livestream the meteor shower on its NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.

As NASA explains, Meteor showers take their name from the location of the radiant.