Joe Lauria details prime time to enjoy Perseid Meteor Shower
12 August, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Bridget Leonard
Attention stargazers: the most popular meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend.
The combination of a slim crescent moon and clear skies will likely make for prime viewing of the Perseid meteor shower this weekend. Look north to see more meteors. Sit back and watch the skies-or just sleep in and wait for hardier folks to post photos of the meteor showers on Instagram.
The best time to catch the shower is around 10pm, but really any time when the sky is dark enough will do the trick. The show gets better further from the lights.
It's considered to be the best astronomical event of the year, as around 60 to 70 meteors fall per hour. The Perseids are known for "fireballs" which are grain-size pieces of dust that burn up and radiate as they travel through the atmosphere at 59 kilometres per second.
To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia.
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The Perseid meteor shower can be seen with the naked eye from places without light and environment pollution (clear sky), and darker places, from midnight to dawn. This is the time period where the Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle comet's debris field.
How to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India? Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.
The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes. But not to fret, as should you miss the bulk of the meteors this weekend, though the number per hour will drop off, some stragglers should hang around until August 24.
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