New Moon Poised To Reveal Spectacular Perseids 'Shooting Stars'

Olive Hawkins
August 13, 2018

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.

Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of lovely shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

He said: "This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight". And if you thought the video above looked attractive, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

"The Perseids have been observed for around 2000 years, and are the result of Earth passing through a cloud of dust left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle".

You don't need any specialist equipment to view the shower as long as the night sky is clear.

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Here are some facts about the Perseid meteor shower. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

Yet, light pollution in towns and cities can prevent optimum viewing conditions, and reduce the visibility of the shooting stars.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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