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UW hosting 'Star Party' to view annual Perseid meteor shower

UW hosting 'Star Party' to view annual Perseid meteor shower

"This hasn't been much of a year for the Perseid shower".

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. I recently went stargazing in a Bortle 4 site about an hour and a half from New York City, and it was dark enough to see meteors, the band of the Milky Way, and the faint smudge of Andromeda without a telescope.

Meteors of the shower are fast, with an average speed of 60 kilometers per second, and bright. The waxing gibbous Moon is pretty full tonight, which makes meteors more hard to see.

Between July and August every year, Earth travels through the orbital debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle. When Earth passes through the meteor shower, some of the space rocks burn up in the atmosphere, lighting up the sky. The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight.

They said: "The radiant of the Perseids is actually always above the horizon as seen from the United Kingdom, which means that observers in the United Kingdom should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets".

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.

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It would be visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment was necessary.

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Even with the moon butting in, you should still be able to catch some celestial fireworks. You'll need to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, or get up before dawn to spot the most meteors. The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle. Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said to Thrillist that on the night of August 12, we'll have a waxing gibbous moon.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

NASA said it will also be broadcasting the Perseids live from a camera in Huntsville, Alabama, on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page starting at 8 p.m.