Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Meteor Shower August 2018: Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you
Theresa Hayes | 10 August, 2018, 23:10

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of august 11-12 and 12-13. But more importantly, unlike the last few years, this year's Perseids happen during a new moon.

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

You don't need any equipment to view the shower, it is best watched unobstructed by telescopes or binoculars.

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years.

Fun Fact: It will actually take your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust, meaning the longer you wait outside, the more meteors you will see! The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24.

Like all meteor showers it is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular. NASA recommends viewing the meteor shower from dark areas, such as the countryside of suburb area, so stay away from those city lights! Lie on your back and look straight up. It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danae, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold. This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower. "So don't rush the process".