It's time for the best meteor shower of the year: The Perseids

Pablo Tucker
August 14, 2019

However, this year, a big, bright, almost full moon will reduce the number we're able to see. Often described as the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids are officially upon us, and Miami is among a handful of northern hemisphere cities being graced with fair visibility.

This year, the best time to view the show will be in the last hours before dawn on the mornings of August 12th and 13th.

"For the best meteor watching, face toward the east and look up".

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual display of fireworks caused by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. Tomorrow, the moon sets at 4:59 a.m.

Many years, it's possible to see up to 60 meteors per hour during the Perseids. As Earth passes through the celestial debris every year, some of those tiny bits of sand, metal and rock burn up as they come into contact with Earth's atmosphere, creating the flashing trails across the night sky. This comet has an orbital period of 133 years.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt.

The Perseid meteor shower, considered among the most reliable and best-known meteor showers, is expected to peak after midnight tonight and into Tuesday morning.

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