Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Perseid meteor shower to peak this week

Perseid meteor shower to peak this week

However, Space-India.com says, "Every year between July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of comet Swift-Tuttle, So, this year it will peak on 11 to 13 August but it will be hard to observe as bright Waxing Gibbous Moon will be there in the sky".

People in the Northern Hemisphere should have the best seat in the house to catch the Perseids. However, it will face bright interference this year from the moon, which is close to being completely full, NASA said.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

Earth Sky also notes that glare from the bright near-full Moon will "drown" many meteors from view during the peak period.

Space.com will be offering a livestream of the meteor shower on its website starting at 4:40am AEST on Tuesday from Slooh. That time in between will be the best opportunity to possibly more than 60 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is a yearly occurrence, and has been described as one of the highlights of the astronomical calendar.

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From around midnight tonight, an incredible display of meteors will light up the skies over Britain (weather permitting, of course). This will continue until the early hours of the morning.

Cloudy skies and a bright moon will combine to make it hard, if not impossible, to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight.

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best.

NASA will live stream the Perseid shooting star show from its Meteor Watch Facebook page, found HERE.

The Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus (hence the name), and for best viewing the advice is, as always, to stand anywhere with as limited light pollution as you can manage with your back to the moon, looking north or east.

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