Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Aug. 11-13

On Aug. 9 the waxing gibbous moon pays a visit to the largest planet in the solar system Jupiter.							Andrew Fazekas

The Delta Aquariids are often overshadowed by the Perseids, a much more reliable meteor shower that's active around the same time of year.

The shower then peaks around mid-August and this year astronomers expect the peak to fall between the nights of August 11 and August 13.

Catch a live broadcast of the meteor shower on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. If you pay close enough attention, all the meteors seem to come from a certain area in the sky, called a "radiant point".

Previous years have seen up to 60 meteors spotted each hour during the peak, although this year will be slightly underwhelming in comparison.

Many years, it's possible to see up to 60 meteors per hour during the Perseids.

Due to this year's new moon, there will be prime viewing conditions with minimal moonlight to mask the show. The light from the moon will outshine some of the dimmer meteors but after the moon sets around 4:30 am more meteors will become visible. Each August the earth plows through this cloud of debris causing this regular major meteor shower.

You might also see a few meteors that aren't part of the Perseids.

You can make plans to stay up late or wake up early Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday, but NASA experts say the best time to see the shower is around 2 a.m. and dawn. 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.

THE attractive Perseid meteor shower will light up the night skies next week when Earth crashes into the orbital debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Some warm food and drink will also help keep you comfortable.

The Swift-Tuttle comet puts on a brilliant show in the night sky. The key is to find a dark place, far from city lights. However, it can sometimes take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness before you'll be able to see the meteors properly.



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