Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Make The Most Out Of The Perseid Meteor Shower With These Tips

Make The Most Out Of The Perseid Meteor Shower With These Tips

The hours at Jones Beach State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park and Montauk Point State Park are also extended to give people the chance to see the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year, the shower will peak in the predawn hours of Tuesday, Aug. 13. Like most relationships, the Perseids like to build up slowly, reach their peak, and then abruptly end.

If you're looking for meteors, NASA recommends lying flat on your back in an area away from city lights - and come prepared with a blanket or lawn chair.

The Royal Astronomical Society in the United Kingdom said: "The Perseid meteors seem to come from a single point, the "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, giving the shower its name". During the meteor shower an average of 60 meteors per hour can be seen.

The Perseid Meteor Shower can include up to 100 meteors per minute at its highest rate, but you're not likely to see anywhere near that number yourself.

The annual Persied shower is most well known for the bright explosions of colour and the long "tails" of the meteors.

According to The Weather Network, viewing might be a little more hard thanks to the full moon expected right during the meteor shower's peak.


The Swift-Tuttle comet puts on a brilliant show in the night sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is made up of bits of debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. There will still be meteors streaking across the sky when night falls, but you may not see as many.

Experts say that viewing the shower in the days leading up to the peak may provide better viewing due to the slightly dimmer moon. If you're absolutely not a morning person, you can still head out late in the evening and look for fireballs.

When is the best time to watch? As the full moon is on August 15, moonlight from the waxing gibbous moon close to the nights around the peak will obscure all but the brightest meteors.

You don't have to leave the comfort of your computer to enjoy the Perseids.

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