How to watch the 2019 Perseid meteor shower hit its August peak

  • How to watch the 2019 Perseid meteor shower hit its August peak

How to watch the 2019 Perseid meteor shower hit its August peak

The annual cosmic fireworks known as the Perseid meteor shower are back for our summer viewing pleasure. Swift-Tuttle takes 133 years to orbit the sun once, according to NASA Science. "There will still be plenty of meteors and you will not have to battle as much moonlight". Perseids are the most observed meteor showers, as they occur during the warm summertime, consistently have a high meteor count, and their meteor streaks are bright, colorful arcs in the sky.

"This year's shower. has [the] unfortunate circumstance of having a full moon right at the shower peak, reducing the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15 to 20 per hour", NASA's blog says.

Two nights later on August 11, just as darkness falls the full moon will look striking next to brilliant Saturn. Shooting stars streaking across the night sky will best be seen between midnight and dawn starting Friday and into the weekend, even though the light show won't likely peak until Tuesday.

The Perseid meteor shower is best viewed in the northern hemisphere, but regional Australia's lack of light pollution still provides good viewing. Because you're going to need to plan to wake up early or stay up late, so suit yourself. Though the window is smaller on the second night, it's worth it because that's when the shower is at its peak.

For those wondering, a meteor shower is when the number of meteors (more commonly referred to as "shooting stars") increases.

This year, the Perseid meteor shower started on the 17July and will end around the 24August. However, if you adjust the time you're heading outside to see the meteors, you should be able to see some. The Perseids appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus. NASA explains that telescopes and binoculars are not recommended.

It's normally one of the best meteor showers of the year, but this year it might be a little hard to see some of the meteors from the Perseid meteor shower.

Typically it can produce over 50-75 meteors per hour.

As for B.C. and Alberta, here are some hot-spots for your viewing pleasure.

Locals will also be able to catch some of the astral magic in the days leading up to the shower's peak, as well as in the days right after.