Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

Perseid meteor shower

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour

The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object that repeatedly passes earth.

However, according to NASA, the night before August 11-12, will also be stunning.

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn.

"The Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower because they're a summer watching event when people are often more relaxed, kids don't have to be up early for school, and the weather is so much more accommodating than in the colder fall or winter months", Dr. Jacqueline Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, tells TIME.

Swift-Tuttle measures a massive 16 miles, and last passed by Earth in 1992.

The next time it will pass is 2126.




Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it. Bill Cooke, a scientist at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Alabama, framed the phenomenon well in a 2016 interview with NASA. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

As he was executed on August 10, many Catholics associate the Perseid meteor shower with St Lawrence, and dub the shooting stars as the "tears of St Lawrence" as they occur at the same time each year.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

The meteors are travelling at an estimated 37 miles per second, so you'll have to keep your eyes open.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.

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