Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon: Here's What to Expect

The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon: Here's What to Expect

This year, the moon will be close to full at the time of the shower's peak, and its brightness will diminish the visibility of the meteors. Viewing overnight Sunday will give you less moonlight but fewer actual meteors.

Easily the most well known and popular meteor shower of the year is now in session.

The Perseid meteor shower is back early next week, and it could bring quite the light show to our Rocky Mountain skies. The most important part is to allow time for your eyes to adjust to the night-time sky.

The meteor shower happens every year as the Swift-Tuttle comet shoots past Earth, according to 9News.

The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower is now underway and is predicted to reach its peak on the early morning of Tuesday, August 13.

One of the best things about the Perseids is that you don't need special equipment to enjoy the light show. It goes on for days, and many years the conditions are better to see these shooting stars than they will be this summer.

Under flawless conditions, the Perseids can produce up to 80 or 100 bright meteor streaks an hour.

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The best time to observe will be from midnight to dawn.

Individual Perseid meteors start to dash across our skies from around July 17 until around August 24.

"They are called Perseids since the radiant-the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate-is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity", a statement from the AMS read.

The CSA recommends looking for the meteors between moonset and dawn when the skies are at their darkest. Astronomy enthusiasts, however, are most excited for the meteors shower's peak. Best of luck catching sight of those shooting stars!

But do not worry if you can not find the shower's namesake radiant - the Perseids will fly in all directions. The two brightest objects in the entire night sky will dominate the overnight skies.

Dozens of Perseid meteors appear to sprint toward the Milky Way over Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park in this composite taken by astrophotographer Cody Limber during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on August 12, 2018.

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