Witness Nature’s Fireworks: How to Catch the Best Views of the Perseid Meteor Shower”

Summer is the best time to look at the sky: This weekend is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, and experts say this year’s show is not to be missed.

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Most of the time, the Perseid meteor shower is the most amazing one of the year because it can produce the most shooting stars.

Diana Hannikainen, an editor at the monthly science and hobby astronomy magazine Sky & Telescope, said that this year’s peak could be even more spectacular because there won’t be a bright moon to ruin the show.

 

“It’s been a very good year,” she said. “We have a waning crescent moon that rises well after midnight, in the early hours of dawn. This means that the sky will be very dark if you’re not near any light pollution.”

 

The Perseid meteor shower happens every year between the middle of July and the end of August.

This year, the best time to see it is Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Hannikainen said that if the weather was good, skywatchers could see about 60 meteors per hour, and in some of the darkest places, they could see up to 90 meteors per hour.

 

She said, “That’s why the Perseids are one of the best meteor showers: there are so many of them if you’re in a dark place.”

 

The best time to see the Perseids in the Northern Hemisphere is right before dawn.

Hannikainen said that it’s best to watch a meteor shower when the sky is clear and dark, away from city lights and other sources of light pollution that can make it hard to see the falling stars.

 

Next, people who want to watch the sky should plan to get comfy.

 

“Take that lawn chair and make yourself comfortable,” she said. “It will take your eyes 20 to 30 minutes to get used to the dark. Then you’ll see the meteors really fall from the sky.”

 

Meteors should be visible all over the sky when it’s clear, but the Perseids are called that because they seem to come from the area of the sky where the constellation Perseus is.

 

Hannikainen said, “Perseus rises in the northeast in the evening, so that’s where most of the meteors will seem to come from.” “But if you look straight up, you should still be able to see many meteors.”

 

Sky & Telescope says that faint meteors look like flecks that move quickly across the night sky, but bigger ones can streak across for several seconds and sometimes leave a glowing trail.

 

She also said that watching a meteor shower is a fun thing to do for people of all ages because they don’t need any special tools.

The best time to look at the sky is in the summer: The best time to see the annual Perseid meteor shower is this weekend, according to experts.

Most of the time, the Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year because it has the most shooting stars.

Diana Hannikainen, an editor at the monthly science and hobby astronomy magazine Sky & Telescope, said that this year’s peak could be even more amazing because there won’t be a bright moon to ruin the show.

Perseid Meteor
( Getty Images)

 

She said, “It’s been a very good year.”

The crescent moon is getting smaller, and it rises well after midnight, in the early hours of the morning. This means that if you are not near any light pollution, the sky will be very dark.”

Every year, between the middle of July and the end of August, there is a meteor shower called the Perseid shower.

This year, Saturday night and Sunday morning are the best times to see it.

Hannikainen said that if the weather was good, skywatchers could see about 60 meteors per hour, and in some of the darkest places, they could see as many as 90 meteors per hour.

 

“That’s why the Perseids are one of the best meteor showers: if you’re in a dark place, you can see so many of them,” she said.

 

In the Northern Hemisphere, the best time to see the Perseids is right before dawn. Hannikainen said that it is best to watch a meteor shower when the sky is clear and dark, away from city lights and other sources of light pollution that can make it hard to see the falling stars.

 

The next step for people who want to watch the sky is to get comfortable.

 

“Take that lawn chair and make yourself comfortable,” she told him. “It will take 20 to 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Then you’ll really be able to see stars falling from the sky.”

 

Meteors should be visible all over the sky when it’s clear, but the Perseids are called that because they seem to come from the part of the sky where the constellation Perseus is.

 

Hannikainen said, “Perseus rises in the northeast in the evening, so most meteors will appear to come from that direction.” “But you should still be able to see a lot of meteors if you look straight up.”

 

Sky & Telescope says that weak meteors look like dots that move quickly across the night sky, but bigger ones can streak across for several seconds and sometimes leave a glowing trail.

 

She also said that anyone of any age can enjoy watching a meteor shower because they don’t need any special tools.

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