Perseid Meteor Shower: How to see it this weekend

Audrey Hill
August 12, 2018

This is the most famous of all meteor showers, and the Perseids never fail to provide an impressive display.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend over Mid-Michigan! "Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".

Astronomers at U.S. space agency NASA advised the Perseids will be at their most intense around 2am local time on Monday morning.

This year is an especially good one for watching the Perseid shower as the moon will be in its least visible phase so its light won't be dominating the sky. The show gets better further from the lights.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. It averages about 60 meteors per hour.

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The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. Or maybe even a little earlier, because, as NASA points out, it may take up to an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness-so give yourself plenty of time to settle in to view the meteors. Steve recommended those who want to watch the shower avoid cities or places subject to light pollution.

The peak will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening 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. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower.

"We have some favorable sky conditions for viewing coming up as we get towards the peak of it", said Ron Steve, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase.

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