NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke has declared Perseid meteor shower as one of the most famous meteor showers of the years. The peak of the meteor shower will be on the 12-13th of August, with up to 60 meteors per hour entering the atmosphere.
According to the NASA experts the moon will be very close to a new moon. Which will provide a very favorable viewing experience for the Perseids.
The sky watchers who are waiting for the meteor shower will get the golden chance to see:
- Mars, which will be visible until 4am
- Saturn, visible until 2am
- Jupiter and Venus, visible between 9:30pm to 11pm
When to see Perseid meteor shower
The Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17th to August 24th – on the dates of the peak, we will be passing through the dustiest and densest area of the comet’s trail. You can attempt the view the comets before or after the peak, but less dust = less comets.
The best place to view the Perseid meteor show is in the northern hemisphere, but it is also visible down to mid-southern latitudes.
What is the cause of Perseid meteor shower
There are many individuals who are interested in knowing that how the Perseid meteor shower happens. Comet Swift Tuttle is the largest solar system object that passes near the Earth repeatedly. The nucleus of the object is about 16 miles wide. The comet last passed the Earth in 1992 and is expected to pass again in 2126. However the comet is never forgotten because the Earth passes through its dust and debris trail annually.
When you are watching the meteor shower, you are experiencing the debris from the comet heating and then burning up into a burst of bright light as it enters our atmosphere. The dying debris creates streaking vivid path as it travels 37 miles per second across the sky. Unfortunately, the meteoroids in the Perseid shower are very small and will all burn up before reaching the ground.
Equipment you need to watch Perseid meteor shower.
It is not only the time and location that you need to watch the Perseid meteor shower. It is important to have the right tools and technologies to assure that you will not miss this beautiful experience. The best way to see the Perseid meteor shower is to take in as much part of the sky as you can. Make sure that you select the darkest location possible.
It takes almost 30 minutes for your eyes to properly adjust in the dark. So, the longer you wait outside, the more acclimated your eyes will become allowing you to see more of the shower.
There are some enthusiasts who prefer to camp outside to experience as most of the shower as possible – if you are not camping, be sure to take something comfortable to sit on and something warm to wear as it will get colder as the night goes on.
If you miss this shower, the next shower will be the Draconids in October.