Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon

Pablo Tucker
August 9, 2019

The meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. Count for yourself at the main parking lot at Wildwood State Park.

The Perseid meteor shower is best viewed in the northern hemisphere, but regional Australia's lack of light pollution still provides good viewing. The action will be toward the northeast.

The meteor shower of this August will be accompanied by a bright moon which might make observing the unique show a bit hard. Every year, the Earth passes through this debris field, producing shooting stars as numerous as 20 per hour moving up to 25 miles per second at the shower's peak. A couple of minor meteor showers are also active right now according to NASA, including the Alpha Capricornids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Kappa Cygnids. The almost full moon will be shining bright almost all night long, making it hard to see numerous dimmer meteors. "There will still be plenty of meteors and you will not have to battle as much moonlight".

"The tears of St Lawrence" as this sky watching event is known in Croatia, or the Perseid meteor shower, is considered to be one of the most spectacular celestial events in the world of astronomy. It's a meteor. Sometimes still called a "shooting star" or "falling star", realize this is rather a bit of space rock sept up by Earth's gravity, vaporizing with a bright light as it rushes through our upper atmosphere.

Still, any meteors you do see should be good ones.

"If finding constellations isn't your forte, then note that Perseids are some of the fastest meteors you'll see".

The radiant point will be in the northeastern sky, but you do not need to focus on this area of the sky to see the meteor shower. The shower is named after the Perseus constellation, which is where the meteors looks like they originate as they light up the sky.

If you can trace them back to the radiant, it's a Perseid; stray meteors also may happen to cross the sky, from other directions. The meteors can be seen all over the sky, so don't you worry about which way to look. Literally. The further you are from city lights, the more easily you will be able to see the shooting stars, so take a auto and go somewhere in the countryside.

Other reports by iNewsToday