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The 2018 Perseid meteor shower promises a spectacular view of this week

Photographer Shreenivasan Manievannan captured this stunning view of a Perseid meteor streaks across the sky near Lake Jocassee in South Carolina on Aug. 12, 2015 during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

(Shreenivasan Manievannan / <a href=”http://500px.com/shreeniclix”>500px.com/shreeniclix</a>)

The best meteor shower this year is here: The Perseids peak this weekend, promising stunning views for skywatchers in dark areas.

The Perseid meteor shower is always popular, but this year is the peak that occurs in the nights of Aug. 11 to 12 Aug. 12 and 13 — particularly spectacular this year, because the moon is a thin crescent, and the beginning of the set, leaving a dark canvas for the meteors’ light streaks and fireballs.

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower must be fitted with 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak this year — less than a year when the shower is in eruption, when there can be up to 200 meteors per hour. . But still, the dark sky and the warm temperatures in the summer, the Perseids are a great meteor shower to watch, [Perseid meteor shower is 2018: When, Where And How to See It]

“This is the meteor shower people view most, because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes,” said Cooke Space.com. “The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that will be the Perseids, probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and watch.”

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The Perseid meteor shower comes around every summer, when the Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left in the orbit of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes near the Earth every 133 years on its journey around the sun. The meteors blaze through the sky as pieces of debris burn up in the atmosphere, traveling at 37 miles per second (59 km per second). Most Perseid meteors are made from pieces of fabric about the size of a grain of sand, and almost all of them burn up completely on their way through the atmosphere. Sometimes there are pieces glow extremely bright; the Perseids are known for this so-called fireballss, Cooke said.

The Perseids seem to come from the constellation Perseus, known as the shower’s radiant, but they can appear in the sky. Viewers in the Southern Hemisphere will have to look in the direction of the northeastern horizon, the more chance to see the meteors.

The earth will pass through the thickest part of the comet’s trail during the day hours of Aug. 12, that is the reason why the nights before and after are the Perseids’ peak. Although both nights must be spectacular, Cooke is inclined to say that the second night — Aug. 12 to 13 — may dbetter (although others might suggest that the first night, he said). If you did not get a chance to see the meteor shower during the peak, try to catch a glimpse in the days before or after; you should still be able to see Perseid meteors, only in smaller numbers. The earth is full tour through the dusty path takes place from July 17-Aug. 24.

The Perseids are best seen after approximately 2 am local time, when the constellation Perseus is high in the air. Find somewhere dark where you can sit back and watch much of the sky as possible. It is better to look at the meteors with the naked eye than with a telescope or binoculars, because a wider field of view lets you see more of the sky at the same time. Give your eyes at least 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, and settle in for a long time. This year the rates of about a meteor per minute, which would come in the form of a vague line, or a bright fireball.

Original article on Space.com.

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