Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays

Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays

"It won't be a total wash-out, because the Perseids are rich in bright meteors, but the moonlight is going to spoil most of the show", he added. Monday's moon phase will obstruct visibility, making it hard to see more than 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

It's time to revisit one of the best meteor showers of the year, the Perseids.

According to Roy, "the Perseid meteor shower is an annual event where the Earth is passing into the stream of a comet that has already passed through the Earth's area".

The Perseids meteor shower will peak later tonight, and this is the best chance to catch them as they light up the sky. There's no great trick to seeing the Perseids-just look up, though you may want to look away from the moon to the darkest part of the sky. The showers are often made up of 50 to 100 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower has a peak that lasts a few days, so if you miss the peak Monday or Tuesday, don't fret.

They appear once a year, typically from mid-July through late August, but they have a well-defined peak on or around August 12th.

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The shower would actually be visible earlier, from 9pm, but "you won't see almost as many as you would had you gone out during the early morning hours", Nasa explained.

Perseids are named after the son of Perseus from the Greek mythology as they hail from the constellation of Perseus.

Dozens of meteors and fireballs should be visible to the naked eye as they pass above Earth.

A cosmic guest, known as the comet Swift-Tuttle, is giving earthlings a special treat, as the Perseids are reaching their climax tonight. Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said to Thrillist that on the night of August 12, we'll have a waxing gibbous moon.

Sadly, it's thought that as there is now an nearly full moon above Ireland the meteors, that might have been visible from Ireland, will be drowned out in the moonlight.

A live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera in Huntsville will be available on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting around 7 p.m. CT and continuing until the early hours of August 13.

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