Meteor shower of the year coming up

Perseid meteor activity 2013 in Ontario Canada

Perseid meteor activity 2013 in Ontario Canada

Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly.

From Aug.11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. But you don't have to look that direction to see the show - the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky overhead. That was most likely the Perseids.

The comet whose tail creates the Perseus shower is called 109P/Swift-Tuttle, and is named after the US astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, who discovered it in 1862.

The meteor shower will be visible without any special equipment, all you need to bring is a bit of patience.

Each year we mark time by certain events. There are some occasional bursts of higher meteor activity, the next one being predicted in 2028.

If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn.

So how do you see it?

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display.

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It gets its name became the meteors appear to be coming from the constellation Perseus.

That is the million-dollar question of course.

This year there will be favourable viewing conditions.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.

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