Don't miss the meteor shower

Federico Mansilla
Agosto 10, 2018

This year the meteor shower is predicted to reach its peak on the night of August 12, as Earth passes through the densest part of the Comet 109/Swift-Tuttle's trail.

The Perseids meteor shower - one of the best cosmic spectacles of the year - is coming this weekend.

Dr. Auld says that if you have several people together, a lot of the times two people will say oh there's one, but they're pointing in completely separate directions because there's more than one at the same moment.

Because it's in a new phase, the moon won't be up and the night sky will be darker, said Bruce Twarog, a University of Kansas professor with the department of physics and astronomy.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and USA should be golden.

Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display. It last greeted us in 1992 and will next pass in 2126, but we travel through the comet's dust every year, making the Perseid Meteor Shower an annual event.

For casual and die-hard astronomers alike, the middle of August means the return of the Perseid meteor shower.

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In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located.

When observed from the Earth the meteors only appear to be bursting out from the constellation but in reality the Perseus has no bearing on the Swift-Tuttle debris. Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

There's a unique opportunity to watch what may look like shooting stars putting on a show this weekend.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online. Some of the best local dark skies are found in the Horse Heaven Hills and foothills of the Blue Mountains.

As long as they are not obscured by skies, all you need to do is find a big open space with minimal light pollution.

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