Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Perseid meteor shower peaks next weekend

Perseid meteor shower peaks next weekend

Pull up a chair and enjoy this years edition of the Perseid Meteor Shower. And even though it doesn't peak until the nights of August 11-12 or 12-13, it is already producing the fireball meteors that the Perseids are famous for. The shower is caused by the Earth's atmosphere running into the comet debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, happening every August. According to NASA, you would be able to see some meteors at 10 pm, but they suggest to wait until pre-dawn hours for best viewing.

Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!"

It's that time of year again: The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the weekend of August 12 and 13.


Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, according to the American Meteor Society. Find a spot where you can lay back and comfortably observe as much of the sky as possible. This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower.

"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", Cooke said. NASA says that at the peak of meteor activity you could see up to 100 meteors per hour. If weather permits, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said it will be observed during its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13.

What special equipment do you need to view the shower?

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