The Perseid meteor shower peaks Over the coming days
The annual Persied meteor shower peaks this week, as one of the most spectacular meteor shower rains down on our atmosphere.
The extraordinary meteor shower happens every August as the Swift–Tuttle comet orbits the sun and comes close to Earth.
The comet is on a 133-year orbit around our sun.
You can expect to see around 60-80 shooting stars every hour, and you’ll see more farther from the cities and under conditions with less cloud cover.
The Persied meteor shower peaks on the 12th and 13th of August, when you’ll see the most shooting stars.
“Up to 100 meteors per hour will occur during the peak night,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.
“Perseids are not only numerous, they are beautiful. Most of the meteors leave a glittering trail as they pass,” Samuhel said. “They are multi-colored and many are bright.”
The Swift-Tuttle comet is massive, 26 kilometers wide. It last passed nearby Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126, long after most of us alive today will be around.
The Persied meteor shower is Earth passing through the dust and debris the comet leaves as we orbit the sun.
To maximise the chances of seeing lots of meteors, it’s best to go out and look north east between the hours of 4:00am – 6:30am each morning.
The perseid meteor shower meteors strike the Earth at 60km per second.
Video of the Persied meteor shower timelapse
“People should consider viewing meteors during the nights leading up to the peak,” Samuhel said. “There will still be plenty of meteors, and, you will not have to battle as much moonlight.
“The Perseids are most active after midnight through daybreak. However, there are so many meteors during this shower, don’t hesitate to view during the evening,” Dave Samuhel recommended.
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