Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 Not Brightest Meteor Shower In History

Audrey Hill
August 12, 2017

The peak of the meteor show is during the daylight hours Saturday, so Friday night on into Saturday morning is the best time to see anything.

NASA astronomers have estimated that this year's Perseid meteor shower will generate almost 40 to 50 shooting stars streaking across the night sky each hour during its peak.

He said that at the peak of the meteor shower at 1.30am on Sunday, one would be able to see between 80 and 100 meteors an hour.

"During a good Perseid shower under ideal conditions, you can see about one meteor per minute".

Prepare to sit for a few hours, as the longer you stay, the better you'll see as it can take up to 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused by Earth passing through debris thrown off by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The name Perseids came about as the meteors seem to come from the constellation Perseus - itself named after the Greek hero who beheaded Medusa. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), a bright moon can obstruct the shower and this year, the moon will have waned to around 80% illumination by 12 August.

Cooke said this year's rate is expected to be about 150 per hour but many of those will be blocked out by the light of the moon.

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According to NASA, the rumours doing the round that the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower on August 12, will be so bright that it will be visible even during the daytime are baseless.

"They will be under the same circumstances we are in that the bright moon will wash out the sky", he continued.

Unfortunately for spectators, the moon will be in its waning gibbous stage, when it is three-quarters full.

"Friday night into Saturday morning is going to be fairly miserable, quite frankly", he said.

Whether you're on NASA's payroll or a total layman, the Perseid meteor shower is not to be missed.

It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast.

So if you happen to be awake in the hours just before sunrise this weekend, head outside and see if you can spot the fiery show.

The best time of night to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am until dawn breaks. This happens every year on a very predictable schedule, beginning about July 17 until around September 1, with the peak in August, according to Sky & Telescope.

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