Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Perseid meteor shower to light up night skies

Perseid meteor shower to light up night skies

The Perseids has been somewhat visible since July 14 and will last until August 24.

Where skies are clear, the Perseid meteor shower should be visible across the United Kingdom from around midnight until 5.30am, according to Royal Museums Greenwich.

"Let your eyes become adjusted to the dark (it takes about 30 minutes) - you'll see more meteors that way", they say. They create the largest number of meteors every year but not all of these meteors are visible.

The event is one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurring each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Cloudy skies and a bright moon will combine to make it hard, if not impossible, to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight. Unfortunately, due to various weather conditions, only about 10 to 15 meteors per hour will be visible during the shower's peak. On average, there will be 50 or more meteors shooting across the sky each hour.

How To Watch 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower From India?

The Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus (hence the name), and for best viewing the advice is, as always, to stand anywhere with as limited light pollution as you can manage with your back to the moon, looking north or east. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through.

To watch 2019 Perseid meteor shower from India, pick the time between 2 AM and dawn.

Tonight (between August 12-13) will be the best time to see it this year. Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours.

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