Perseid meteor shower set to peak: What you need to know

Pablo Tucker
August 13, 2019

The Perseid meteor shower is the second most prominent meteor shower after the Geminids, which peak in December.

"We can see a wonderful meteor shower that can produce up to 100 meteors per hour", said Gary Boyle, the Backyard Astronomer.

The Perseid meteor shower 2019 is already underway, but fear not if you haven't noticed - it's the peak you want to watch out for.

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

The Perseids meteor shower will peak later tonight, and this is the best chance to catch them as they light up the sky.

The darker the sky is, the better the Perseids will be seen. The shower is active from mid-July until the last week of August when individual meteors zip across the sky.

A meteor (top L) speeds past windmills at the San Gregornio Pass Wind Farm near Whitewater, Calif., Aug. 13, 2015 during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids are among the most popular meteor showers that occur yearly, according to the American Meteor Society, mostly because the warm August climate makes them ideal for viewing from the Northern Hemisphere.

But not to fret; should you miss the bulk of the meteors this week, though the number per hour will drop off, some stragglers should hang around until August 24.

Viewers should be able to start seeing the light show just after sunset.

According Jim Todd, astronomy expert at Portland's OMSI, said this shower is made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. During that time, you can see as many as 80 meteors per hour lighting up the night sky.

The good news - you don't need any special equipment to see it.

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Online, Robotic telescope service Slooh will broadcast the meteor shower online on the night of August 12.

"But if you see a fireball, it's probably bigger", says Bill Cooke, who leads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

Presuming the weather cooperates for NASA in Huntsville, Ala., there will be a live broadcast of the shower on its Meteor Shower Facebook page Monday at around 8 p.m.

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