The best meteor shower of the year is nearly here and it promises dazzling views for skywatchers, especially in dark areas away from city lights.
While the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, the best time to see the shower starts August 11, thanks to the new moon that day. The Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce 60 to 70 meteors per hour on these dates.
Why does this occur every summer? As a comet passes closer to the sun, its ice warms and begins to release particles of dust and rock into the atmosphere, which can result in a glowing trail of vapor.
The Perseid meteor shower will be particularly noticeable this year. He said after midnight is the best for viewing. Majority burn up completely in the atmosphere.More news: Two Barcelona stars to join Premier League club after 'passing medicals'
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Several planets will also likely be visible during the meteor shower, including Venus (around 9:30 p.m.), Jupiter (around 11 p.m.) and Saturn (viewable until around 2 a.m.), according to Space.com.
What is a meteor shower? A radiant is the point of origin of the meteor shower, so the Perseid meteors will appear to be traveling away from the constellation Perseus in the night sky. No matter the time of night, on the nights of August 12 and 13, Perseid meteors can be seen across the heavens, but the American Meteor Society advises that you should "aim your center of view about half-way up in the sky" for the most successful viewing. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.
The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13. It might take your eyes a little bit to adjust to the darkness, so be patient.