Monday, 20 August, 2018

Catch The Best of This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Perseid meteor shower 2018 GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER The dazzling display can be seen mid-August
Doris Mccormick | 11 August, 2018, 13:23

The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

-Escape from city lights and find a nice, dark spot, so you'll be able to see the fainter meteors, Cooke said. Astronomy Magazine recommends getting up early to try viewing the shower in the last dark hour before dawn, but it's worth looking up at any hour after dusk. While it's unlikely anyone living today will ever see this comet when it returns in 2126, we can still witness its effect on the solar system, and our planet, with the annual Perseids meteor shower. According to Live Science, Swift-Tuttle is the largest known object to repeatedly pass close by earth. However, this year there will be a New Moon the night before the meteor shower peaks, making an appearance just after sunset as a thin crescent, according to The Weather Network.

Unlike other celestial sightings that require a telescope or binoculars, the best way to watch a meteor shower is with the naked eye.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImageThe Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August. Some of the best local dark skies are found in the Horse Heaven Hills and foothills of the Blue Mountains.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere.

Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago. Our advice? Bring a rug, a flask of tea (or, you know, whiskey - pick your poison) and some insect repellent, and get gazing.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

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