Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

This Is the Best Time to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

This Is the Best Time to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

The Perseid meteor shower is happening and Space.com says the shower will peak during overnight hours as Aug. 11 turns into Aug. 12 and again overnight on Aug. 12-13.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show.

This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the USA and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?

Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

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The moon won't be making an appearance this weekend, instead about 50 meteorites per hour will light up the sky offering star gazers a dazzling show between midnight and dawn. Your meteor rates will be lower, but it's possible to see at least a few of the brightest meteors over the course of a few hours.

Downloading a star-gazing mobile app can also add to the experience of meteor showers.

Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show.

Up! Seriously...just find yourself a piece of wide-open sky, without light pollution, lie back and look up. When it last passed by in 1992, this comet left a trail of stony grit, NASA reported.

Each time Swift-Tuttle passes through the warmth of the inner solar system, its frozen, 16-mile-wide nucleus releases debris along the comet's path - through which the Earth passes each summer.

A tent stands out against the starlit sky during the Perseid meteor shower on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas. "When the sun is close to the comet and the Earth is passing through the orbit you get a much bigger result", Twarog said. "This is very useful, given the Irish weather, when the best night can often be clouded out, but the nights before and after Sunday night i.e. Saturday and Monday nights should still give 10 times more meteors than on a normal night, " said Mr Moore.

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