Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights

Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights

Stargazers will be able to see the falling debris as "shooting stars".

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show. Look north to see more meteors. With the moons phase nearly at a new moon, that will help you see the meteors even more!

These ideal conditions for watching will coincide with the peak time for meteor shower viewings, when Earth passes through the richest display of showers on Sunday night at 9 p.m.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch.

If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.

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The Perseid meteors are the cosmic rubble and debris left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour. Meteors should appear at rates of 60 to 90 per hour.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase.

Mr Masi said: "Perseids never disappoint the observer - they are one of the best astronomical shows off the year and we just need our own eyes to see them".

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