Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight, but goes for several days

  • Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight, but goes for several days

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight, but goes for several days

This week on Looking Up Hal reminds us it's time once again for the Perseid meteor shower. Also, because of the light reflected by the full moon will be quite bright, the meteor shower might appear relatively reduced in comparison to other years. Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours.

It says that telescopes or binoculars are not needed for the event, and that the Perseids can be seen with normal human eyesight.

As with all meteor showers, it's smart to carve out a chunk of time to kick back and watch the night sky. The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve.

The Perseids are the yearly meteor shower produced by the orbital debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Shooting stars are about to rain down from the heavens and illuminate the night sky as the best meteor shower of the entire year, known as the Perseids, reaches its peak. The shower is active from mid-July until the last week of August when individual meteors zip across the sky.

If you miss it this year, you can always wait until next August. Skip Griffith Observatory. A clear view of the night sky is key.

"However, there are so many meteors during this shower, don't hesitate to view during the evening".

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

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the number of meteors per hour for the 2019 Perseid meteor shower. They are called Perseids since the radiant - which is where the meteors seem to originate from - is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus, AMS said.

The annual Perseids meteor shower will hit its crescendo Tuesday (Aug. 13) night, and armchair astronomers can tune in to a livestream on the Taipei Astronomical Museum's YouTube channel.

The meteor shower is actually the result of debris shed by the comet Swift-Tuttle.