Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

11 August, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • An observer and the spectacular appearance of our Milky Way galaxy as seen from a very dark site

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

"This year, we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night", Bjerke said.

The Perseids meteor shower will be at its peak over Vietnam after midnight on Monday (August 13), but stargazers can watch it in the predawn hours from Saturday, according to the Vietnam Amateur Astronomers Club.

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams. Although the peak occurs this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights after that.

Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark though out the shower.

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The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. As the space rocks burn, they create a bright streak of light known as meteors, or shooting stars.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every summer when the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle intersects Earth's atmosphere.

"We're expecting 50 to 70 meteors per hour this weekend", Pahud said.

If you are in a city, try to get somewhere at least somewhat sheltered from lights, maybe a park or backyard.

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The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

Some meteors will appear lower in the sky as soon as it's fully dark out-around 9:30 p.m. local time.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show. But you don't need to stare at Perseus to spot meteors - in fact, it may be better to simply stare unfocused into the sky and let your more-sensitive peripheral vision do the heavy lifting.

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks.

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