The Perseids Meteor Shower 2019

The Perseid Meteor Shower runs from July 17–August 24.

It peaks in the early morning between Saturday August 12 – Sunday August 13 AEST, with the absolute peak of the shower at 6am Sydney time on the 12th.

 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.

The Perseids meteor shower from Aug. 12, 2015, taken by astronomer Alan Dyer

For most of Australia the radiant of the Perseids Meteor show is below the horizon.

However, some meteors will hit the atmosphere above parts of Australia.

Here’s where to look:

“Only the very occasional meteor will be seen shooting up from the northern horizon. Only observers in northern Australia (at the latitude of Brisbane or further north) will have decent rates,” according to Astro Blog

There will be over 150 shooting stars per hour for those north of Brisbane, those south, in Sydney will see less but still you’ll get a good amount of meteors if you’re away from city light.

To see the meteors, you will need to be up from around 3:00 am Sydney time on the 12th, 13th or 14th, with best views 4:00 am-5:30 am on the 13th.

The meteor shower will be located due North, with the radiant just above the northern horizon (see charts above).

You’ll need to be awake early and also be able to adjust your eyes, so stay off your smartphone if you want to see anything.

There’s also an issue with the full moon. NASA experts say the Perseids meteor shower will coincide with the moon.

“Unfortunately, the moon will be very close to full on the night of the peak, which will wash out the fainter Perseids,” Bill Cooke from NASA told

“The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so you’ll still see Perseids; you just won’t see the show you’ve seen on nights when the moon has not been around.”

“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.

Here’s more from AstroBlog

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Visualisation of the Perseids Meteor Shower as it arrives on Earth.


Watch Live Meteor Shower : Perseids 2019 live stream from North America and Europe.

Earlier Story:

How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in Australia. & Perseid Meteor Shower 2019

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Eternity Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming __________ I’m starting off the new year on Instagram with my most favorite photo from last year, but completely re-edited from scratch. After posting my original version of this image, I got negative feedback from quite a few sources, and honestly the feedback was completely warranted & I was deserving of it. The original version of my “Eternity” image featured asteroids that were going in different directions & also were edited to have glowing heads on them, neither of which were accurate, natural or rightful of me. I also admittedly did a poor job of the exposure blend between night and day – I wasn’t proud of this. My initial reaction to the feedback was being hurt, but then I realized that the feedback was accurate and I could’ve done a much better job on the image. I ended up seeing the value of all the negative feedback – I’m glad that people were honest and upfront with me. .. So now for the backstory on this image to help you all understand how this was created and why I chose to make certain decisions. The composite* image you see here is composed of 10 exposures total: 1 exposure of the landscape, 3 exposures of shooting stars, and a 6 exposure vertical panorama of the night sky. So why did I composite this image you may ask? I typically prefer to create composites of my Milky Way images for two reasons: 1) because I prefer to use a star tracker to achieve maximum quality & enhanced detail of the sky which in turn makes it completely necessary to composite the exposures, and 2) because I want to capture as much detail in a landscape to make out all of the features & take advantage of ambient lighting. The asteroid exposures were taken over the course of the night. The size nor direction of the meteors were changed, but I did have to place them into the frame by hand since I was not using a tracker to capture them. .. I understand that purists and true naturalists will likely not be fond of this image, and I understand that it cannot be portrayed as “natural”, but I hope that people can at least understand & appreciate the work and effort that went into the creation of it.

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