Our most reliable meteor shower

Dan Little | BDN

During the peak, sky gazers can expect to see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour. If you miss the peak, the Perseids will still be around until about August 24, but with gradually diminished rates of meteors.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the best views, provided they can escape the light pollution from towns and cities.

But it is worth the effort, with up to 100 meteors an hour expected to streak across the sky. It will become most prominent during its peak on August 12 to 13. The meteors are dust grains that were ejected as part of the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Perseids are back to put on their annual August show, though a almost full moon might cut down on the number of shooting stars visible, reports Accuweather.

"Unfortunately, the Moon will be very close to full on the night of the peak, which will wash out the fainter Perseids", meteor expert Bill Cooke of NASA told Space.com.

Meteors of the shower are fast, with an average speed of 60 kilometers per second, and bright. NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13.


Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best. The Perseids are visible all over the sky.

Look up to see one of the cosmos' most attractive meteor displays.

Around 2am local time is usually a sweet spot for meteor hunting but this year's shower comes with a catch.

For those who can't make it outside, NASA is running a live camera feed from Alabama starting around 6pm PT on August 12 as is the Virtual Telescope Project in Europe from 3pm PT.

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