How Best to Watch Perseid Meteor Shower Over Connecticut


In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour.

The brightest annual meteor shower is about to light up our night sky.

You haven't missed your chance to see a glorious cosmic display: the Perseid meteor shower is still going strong - and Monday night is one of the best nights to catch it. Unfortunately, the Moon is almost full so that will wash out all but the brightest of meteors.

Last night (Aug. 11-12), NASA meteor cameras recorded more than 76 Perseid fireballs over the U.S., with an even greater number expected tonight (Aug. 12-13).

A shooting star in the skies above Northumberland from 2015's Perseids meteor shower.

A meteor (top L) speeds past windmills at the San Gregornio Pass Wind Farm near Whitewater, Calif., Aug. 13, 2015 during the annual Perseid meteor shower. The shower's peak occurs the morning of August 13, just two days before Full Moon.

"The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures", a blog post on the NASA website explains.

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The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

Sadly, it's thought that as there is now an nearly full moon above Ireland the meteors, that might have been visible from Ireland, will be drowned out in the moonlight.

Will you be staying up to take a peak at the Perseid's meteor shower? The shower is generated by debris from Comet 109 P Swift Tuttle. That live stream will be available via the Meteor Watch page on Facebook. Accuweather recommends viewers "Lay on your back and watch the whole sky, not just the radiant point, and avoid looking at your phone and other light sources", when viewing the meteor shower.

Online, Robotic telescope service Slooh will broadcast the meteor shower online on the night of August 12.

No special equipment is required to view the meteor shower, Monday night into Tuesday morning; they can be seen with the naked eye.