How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER It can be best seen from the northern hemisphere

The Perseids meteor shower is often considered the most spectacular of the year, and this summer's show should be particularly excellent because of the phase of the moon.

People love the Perseid meteor shower because it's something they can view without any equipment; in fact a telescope is a waste of time, because the meteorites fly by so fast, Twarog said. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

The Perseids meteor shower will peak this weekend between the night of Saturday, August 11, and the morning of Monday, August 13. That's when the peak will start to build as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years.

"Comets are spectacular and attractive and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".

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-The best time to see the Perseids is after 2 a.m. local time, when the Perseus constellation is high in the sky, Space.com reported. Three years later, an Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaperelli identified the comet as the origin of the Perseid meteor shower. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible. So that's the part of the sky you should anchor your meteor search from, but they will scatter across the sky as shooting stars from there. "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".

"What we're seeing when we see meteors are little dust particles lighting up the atmosphere". We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.

This weekend will be the best time to view the event with its maximum peak on Sunday night and Monday morning.

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