2018's forecast is looking good: Predicted to peak between 4 p.m. EDT August 12 and 4 a.m. EDT August 13, eager skygazers should enjoy warm temperatures and a Moonless sky, with an estimated 80-90 meteors per hour appearing for those at dark sites.
If you happen to miss Sunday night's peak display, the Perseids will still be visible - albeit at post-peak performance with fewer meteors per hour - through August 24th.
What is the Perseid Meteor Shower? These internationally recognized areas possess an exceptional quality of starry nights, making them ideal for shows like this one.
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'Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable'. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear.
The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for their long, streaking tails. However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an incredible light show. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.
The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The best time to view the meteor shower is between 1AM and 3AM.
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If you are in a city, try to get somewhere at least somewhat sheltered from lights, maybe a park or backyard.
Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.
Dr. Auld says that if you have several people together, a lot of the times two people will say oh there's one, but they're pointing in completely separate directions because there's more than one at the same moment. 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. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.
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The Perseids meteor shower is basically a mass of shooting stars, which light up the skies for avid stargazers below each year.