Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Meteor shower of the year coming up


The Perseid meteor shower peak happens from August 11-13 with the night of August 12-13 expected to be the best time to watch, according to Faherty. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

An added bonus is that moonlight will not interfere with the spectacle this year.

The Perseids are probably the most well-known and widely observed meteor shower globally.

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImageThe Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August.

The shower runs from July 17 to August 24, however, it peaks from 4 pm on August 12 until 4 am on August 13 Eastern Daylight Time. Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours. "This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation", McClure said.

"All you've got to do is go outside, find a nice dark spot, lie flat on your back and look up", Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told Live Science previously. The meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 11 and 12). Your rooftop may not be the best solution, especially if you're in downtown (you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible). If you happen to have trouble sleeping on Sunday night (August 12), that's a flawless time to step outside. But even if you can't step outside a couple hours before the sun comes up, it's worth checking the sky in the late evening and early morning. Annual meteor showers are created when Earth's orbit around the sun intersects with the wake of a comet's orbit, and debris thrown off from the tail hits our atmosphere and burns up upon entry. The meteors will appear to originate in the northeast sky.

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She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views.

-Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark sky."Don't expect to walk outside and see Perseids", Cooke said.

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