Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Sunday night

Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Sunday night

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although previous year saw about 80 an hour.

The best time to see the most meteors according to the American Meteor Society tends to be just before dawn, around 4 a.m. local time.

People love the Perseid meteor shower because it's something they can view without any equipment; in fact a telescope is a waste of time, because the meteorites fly by so fast, Twarog said. Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly. And human habitation in the area can be dated as far back as 10,000 years ago, making this dark sky park the most ancient site in America to view the Perseids. If you happen to have trouble sleeping on Sunday night (August 12), that's a ideal time to step outside. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

Downloading a star-gazing mobile app can also add to the experience of meteor showers. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.

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The Perseids meteor shower is basically a mass of shooting stars, which light up the skies for avid stargazers below each year. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead". This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago.

Space.com reports the meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11 and August 12. Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the high points in the celestial calendar, occurs each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images. The comet is the largest object known to repeatedly careen by Earth, with a nucleus of 16 miles wide.

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