Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky

Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky

At its best, the shower can produce more than 50 meteors per hour.

On Friday and Saturday night, we'll get a great glimpse of the annual Perseids Meteor shower at its peak.

"For one thing, the Perseids never reach storm levels (thousands of meteors per hour)".

If the weather permits, the Peterborough Astronomical Association will host a viewing on top of Armour Hill at Asburnham Memorial Park at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12th. It should be a location with a full view of the sky that's away from light pollution.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor".

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

Swift-Tuttle is a periodic comet with an orbit period of 133 years.

The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus, giving them their name.

The window for this year's shower began on July 17, but the meteors are expected to be most frequent from Friday through Sunday.

If you miss the meteors this weekend, the shower will continue until August 24th - although the meteors won't be as frequent.

The shower will be best seen from the Northern Hemisphere, so the United Kingdom is in for a show if you look to the north-eastern part of the sky.

For the best visibility of the Perseids Meteor Shower, try to avoid the bright lights of the city.

"We have a gibbous moon which is just past a full moon so it's going to be bright in the sky so it's going to wash out a lot of the meteors", he explained.

"Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds".

NASA says the Perseids could feature more meteors this year, but they might not be visible from Earth. Perseid Meteor Shower is not the only exciting cosmic event in the month of August as there was also a Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and a coming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.

To maximize your chances of catching the show, look for a spot that offers a wide, unobstructed view.



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