Perseid meteor shower on deck: What you need to know

Pablo Tucker
August 13, 2020

According to the White Sands National Park rangers, every August the Perseid's meteor shower is up, you can see shooting stars all week, but, tonight is the peak! Each year from July 17 to August 14 the Earth crosses the orbital path of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

Not to be outdone by that Johnny-come-lately, comet NEOWISE, the annual Perseid meteor shower is taking over Tuesday night as the headlining act in the sky.

Pro tip: keep in mind to let your eyes become adjusted to the dark (it takes about 30 minutes) - you'll see more meteors that way.

Perseid meteor showers are visible anywhere, but it is best to see it when the skies are clear and in places where moonlight or street lighting is not present. However, even though the moon will make visibility of the shower a tad lower, the number of meteors (nearly one every two minutes) should provide enough opportunities to view. The meteor shower will be at high rates around 2 late night.

The Perseid Meteor Shower will bring celestial fireworks to the skies of Ireland on August 11 and 12 2020.

"We should see about 20-times more shooting stars - or meteors to give them the correct name - than a normal night".

Meteor showers are notorious for their lack of year to year predictability, so no promises on the numbers you may see per all depends on the shower, and how dark the skies are where you are located.

Weather forecasts for the area are now listed at partly cloudy until 9 p.m., and then mostly clear for most of the evening.

This year's Perseid meteor shower has been active since July 17, and is believed to trail off by August 24.

But you do need the weather to cooperate.

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus, from where they appear to originate.

"There should be good conditions for viewing the meteor shower", said Megan Stackhouse with the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

He recommends getting outside during the pre-dawn hours to a location with few city lights. If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards.

In case you miss watching it by yourself, NASA will be making it live for you to see it on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook, LIVE.

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