Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Don't miss the meteor shower

Don't miss the meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower usually dominates the sky in mid-August.

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

According to NASA, the previous night (August 11-12) will also be spectacular.

The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.


Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteors. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear.

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

Perseid meteors tend to be brighter than others so the shower is ideal for anyone wishing to see their first "shooting star".

What do I need to see them?

Find a comfortable spot with as a wide a view of the night sky as possible, preferably away from light pollution, and just relax, lie back and look up.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

A cloudy night could still scupper your chances of spotting any meteors, however, so keep your eye on weather forecasts.

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