Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

  • Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

This picture taken on August 12, 2017 shows a couple enjoying Perseid meteor along the Milky Way illuminating the dark sky near Comillas, Cantabria community, northern Spain, during the "Perseids" meteor shower. According to Space, the shower will peak on August 11 and August 12, but NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke stated one can expect a better show on August 12. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomy magazine predicts.

It's that time of year again: The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the weekend of August 12 and 13.

Cooke said the best way to view a meteor shower is to "take in as much sky as possible". 2016 was an outburst year, which means the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

The source of the annual meteor shower is the debris trail left behind comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors are actually tiny dust and particles from the tail of the comet as it orbits around the sun. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular.

A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night. NASA recommends viewing the meteor shower from dark areas, such as the countryside of suburb area, so stay away from those city lights!

In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danae, according to Earthsky.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is back and the 2018 edition could be a banner event as we learn on Looking Up this week.