Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

A composite image of Perseid meteors in 2015 is shown A composite image of Perseid meteors in 2015 is shown
Kristen Harrington | 08 August, 2018, 18:24

No special equipment is needed to view the shower.

The Perseid meteor shower is just around the corner, and we are here to help you see them!

It can take about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and Cooke said the longer you wait, the more you'll see.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. Well, that's because the 2018 edition of this celestial show is going to be extra, extra, extra cool and fantastic.

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First, the meteor shower will peak on the weekend, which is nice. Infinite amount of shooting stars and wishes!

Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!" Every summer the Perseid Meteor Shower happens between July 17 through August 24.

He said spectators should be able to see 60-70 meteors an hour during the peak hours.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of august 11-12 and 12-13. Heck, even tonight you'll see a few.

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The Perseids actually got their name from the constellation Perseus.

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Perseids, or any of the other wonderful and incredible things in the sky, please visit csastro.org for a link to information on our monthly meetings and our free public star parties.

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