Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower's Fiery Show

Kerry GarnerAug 12, 2017

Most sky watchers are already looking forward to the upcoming Perseid meteor shower display, which is expected to peak on August 12, especially since reports of it being "the brightest shower in recorded human history" have surfaced, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration begs to disagree. Sadly, this year will be much less thanks to a bright moon in our skies.

The International Space Station (ISS) - if you live in or are close to the United Kingdom you will be in for a treat during the Perseid meteor shower in 2013 as the International Space Station is visible over United Kingdom skies.

This is because the waning moon will still be at around 80 percent of its full brightness so it will hinder our view of the celestial display.

The International Meteor Organization said that watching before 11 p.m. when the moon rises will give the best chance of seeing the meteors, although they are more sparse in those earlier hours, Newsweek reported.

If there is a full moon or a almost full moon, you may not see as many meteors.

Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of August 12, but that there'd be a decent show both nights.

Your own worldly view will be enough as it is preferable to be able to see all of the sky at the same time so you can see more streaking fireballs that may be shooting across.

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When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Perseid meteor shower. Several sources include the added imperative that, regardless of your age, it is probably the last chance to see anything that even comes close, meteor-wise. It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust.

The Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth. "At best, they outburst from a normal rate of 80-100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", he says in a statement.

You'd never know it looking at our daytime sky, but right now, Earth is passing through the path of Comet Swift Tuttle. Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, said Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society.

The meteors are all tiny pieces of this comet which disintegrate on entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the spectacular show for us.

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