Perseid Meteor Show Peaks Tonight

The Perseid meteor shower will be less spectacular than usual this summer because of bright light from the near-full moon. However experts say you can still get a good look at some shooting stars this week

This composite image from NASA shows mostly Perseid meteors streaking across the sky. However, if you miss the stream or want to watch additional live meteor shower coverage later on, NASA will also provide a live camera feed of the Perseids from the United States starting at 9:00 p.m. EST. If the Earth happens to travel through this, we here on the planet see a meteor shower. According to AMS, the shower will be at its strongest intensity during the Monday night, into the early hours of Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the moon will be shining brightly tonight, washing out some of the streaks of light. This is an annual shower courtesy of comet Swift-Tuttle, and the Perseids appear in the sky each July-August.

Shooting stars are expected to illuminate the night sky late Monday into early Tuesday as the best meteor shower of the entire year, known as the Perseids, reaches its peak.

If you're not in New York City, just head to any place that's away from bright lights and, if at all possible, lie down on your back and look up at the sky. When Earth passes through the meteor shower, some of the space rocks burn up in the atmosphere, lighting up the sky. The shower's peak occurs the morning of August 13, just two days before Full Moon.

According to the International Meteor Organization, the Perseids for 2019 maximum should come between noon on August 12th and after midnight on the 13th.


The Royal Observatory said: "Binoculars and telescopes are not necessary as they will restrict the size of the sky that will be visible to you'".

Even if clouds do part, the almost full moon will light up the sky and make it hard to see the meteors.

"The Perseid meteor shower is ready to put a great shows up there, this year", the YouTube description reads.

Will you be staying up to take a peak at the Perseid's meteor shower? The Perseids meteor shower will delight our eyes in the last month of summer as it does every year. If clouds or other obstacles get in the way, tune into the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page for a live camera feed from Alabama starting around 6 p.m. PT on August 12.

Perseids are named after the son of Perseus from the Greek mythology as they hail from the constellation of Perseus.

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