Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
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Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

Goetz says they will observe The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn before the meteors show up after sunset. It will become most prominent during its peak on August 12 to 13. Moreover, Perseids are also known to produce fireballs, making them way brighter and visible than a regular meteor shower. Get away from any light source, even though there is a very bright full moon.

According to astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel, the best time to view the meteor shower would be the nights prior to its peak at around midnight. But tonight (August 12) marks the shower's so-called peak - a night of intense activity when hundreds of shooting stars light up the night.

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best.

For dedicated stargazers, if you do want total darkness for viewing, the moon sets at 5:02AM and twilight begins at 5:23AM which means you have about a 20 minute window of complete darkness if you're willing to set an alarm.

In case you're not in an optimal area to watch the Perseids or local weather conditions obstruct the view, there are live streams available.

The US space agency has another tip for all those planning to watch the meteor shower.

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

The shower is best seen with a wide field of vision, so leave the telescope and binoculars behind! Keep in mind these are black and white cameras. This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13. And if that doesn't work and you fail to spot any meteors, you can track the events through NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. The name comes from the constellation Perseus, from which the meteors appear to emerge.

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