Perseid meteor shower to light up night skies

Perseid meteor shower to light up night skies

The meteors began to hit the nightsky on July 17 and will continue until August 24.

People in the Northern Hemisphere should have the best seat in the house to catch the Perseids. It will become most prominent during its peak on August 12 to 13.

NASA reports that the best possible time to spot the impressive shower will be slim, because this special astronomical event will be interrupted by another more common one: a almost full moon. That time in between will be the best opportunity to possibly more than 60 meteors per hour.

"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere", NASA said.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt. NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13. The Perseids are visible all over the sky. Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours.

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How To Watch 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower From India?

In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour.

There's a chance to spot the perseid meteor shower overhead this evening. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras.

Mr Hankey said: "The meteors in this shower are particles left behind in the debris trail of a comet called Swift-Tuttle". This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13.