Perseid showers put on a show tonight and tomorrow

Perseid meteor shower 2019 How to see the best meteor shower of the year

If you miss the peak, the Perseids will still be around until about August 24, but with gradually diminished rates of meteors.

Stargazers can catch a brilliant sight in the night sky as the annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Monday night into Tuesday.

Originating from the constellation Perseus, the Perseids meteor shower will appear in the northeastern sky.

The shower is expected to produce just 15-20 meteors per hour, far fewer than the 80 per hour during the peak a year ago. Moreover, Perseids are also known to produce fireballs, making them way brighter and visible than a regular meteor shower.

Ice and dust from the comet burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. Even outside of the optimum observation time, viewers can still enjoy 50 to 75 meteors per hour in places with little light pollution, according to the museum's website.

Unfortunately for any early birds, that optimum time is set to be between the hours of 2-5am on Tuesday, but some Perseids should be visible any time after dark if you're not prepared to interrupt your regular sleeping routine. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through. "However, there are so many meteors during this shower, don't hesitate to view during the evening".

NASA recommends you best "stay up late or wake up early" on the nights of August 11, 12 and 13. The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page will have a live camera feed from Alabama starting at 9 p.m. ET Monday. You don't have to use a telescope or binoculars to observe the meteor shower, just lie on your back for thirty minutes and let your eyes adjust to the dark.



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