Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Photographers capture Perseid meteor shower

Photographers capture Perseid meteor shower

Keep your fingers crossed that another good night to view the Perseid meteor shower is still in the stars. It's expected we could see 50 to 70 meteors per hour starting Saturday and Sunday night.

Although the meteor shower is likely to be most easy to spot from earth on Sunday night, it has been visible since the end of July and will remain so for a further two weeks.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

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.

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Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

If clouds obscure the sky where you are, there are several options for watching the shower online. NASA says the best time to see the shower is between 2 a.m. and dawn local time-but the shower will be visible as early as 9 p.m. Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky.

If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint. There is also a parade of planets visible! Historical observations show that Perseids has been a super active meteor shower for a long time.

Cooke went on to describe how viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids shower.

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