Grab your cameras, the annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway


The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 3 through August 11.

The Alpha Capricornid can be best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere.

Unfortunately for hopeful stargazers, the presence of a near-Full Moon on these nights could hinder the viewing experience.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is now underway and will peak on the night of August 12 into the morning of the 13th.

Most meteor showers are best seen after midnight and before dawn when the skies are completely dark.

Three different meteor showers occur tonight, Sunday, August 4, 2019, through Tuesday, August 6, 2019, with the southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower and the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower appearing from the south and the Perseid meteor shower appearing from the north.

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The Alpha Capricornid meteor shower produces slow and bright meteors up to 5 per hour and often produce fireballs.

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible nearly all over the world but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere. "These are the actually bright meteors, as huge as pebbles and golf balls as an alternative of the usual grains of sand". And that's something that is associated with this particular meteor shower, which is very good news this year since the moon will be so bright.

He adds that you'll also be able to see the planet Saturn, which is located to the right of the moon. The most effective chance to see these gradual moving fireballs in during the evening hours, simply after dark. With more than 60 meteors per hour, it will be the feast for astronomers and enthusiasts.

If the night of the shower's peak is not too cloudy, try to find a dark and quiet observing point.

NASA advises finding a location away from the bustle of city life, which means staying away from sources of light pollution like cars and houses.