Perseid Meteor Shower 2019 Peak Tonight: When And Where To Watch

Pat Wise
August 13, 2019

The event is one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurring each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the best views, provided they can escape the light pollution from towns and cities. However, it will face bright interference this year from the moon, which is close to being completely full, NASA said.

Where skies are clear, the Perseid meteor shower should be visible across the United Kingdom from around midnight until 5.30am, according to Royal Museums Greenwich. According to NASA, this will reduce the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour.

If the viewing conditions are not ideal, you can view the meteor shower online.

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If you are interested in watching the meteor shower, Astronomy Ireland and NASA advise allowing your eyes to adjust to the darkness for about half and hour and refraining from using your phone as much as possible. During this peak time, you'll get to observe almost 60 to 80 perseids dashing across the night sky. This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13.

Unfortunately for any early birds, that optimum time is set to be between the hours of 2-5am on Tuesday, but some Perseids should be visible any time after dark if you're not prepared to interrupt your regular sleeping routine. The nearly-full moon will be shining bright almost all night long, making it hard to see numerous dimmer meteors. But the good new is that it will continue until the early hours of August 13.

Yet despite the promising weather this year's Perseids will not be at their best because of the bright Moon in the sky. "The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so you'll still see Perseids; you just won't see the show you've seen on nights when the Moon has not been around".

Perseids are named after the son of Perseus from the Greek mythology as they hail from the constellation of Perseus.

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