Perseid meteor shower lights up skies22 August 2023 ❤ 3
Perseid Meteor Shower Lights Up Skies
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular celestial events of the year, and its back again for 2020. Every August, the Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, creating a dazzling display of shooting stars. This years peak will occur on the night of August 11th and 12th, with up to 100 meteors per hour visible in dark skies.
The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus, from which they appear to originate. The meteors are actually tiny pieces of dust and ice that have been orbiting around the sun for thousands of years. As they enter Earths atmosphere at speeds up to 37 miles per second, they burn up in a brilliant flash of light. The best time to view them is after midnight when the sky is darkest and the constellation Perseus is highest in the sky.
The Perseids are one of the most reliable meteor showers each year, with activity typically lasting from mid-July through late August. This years peak will be especially active due to a new moon on August 3rd that will make it easier to spot fainter meteors in dark skies. The best way to view them is by lying down on a blanket or reclining chair and looking up at the sky with your naked eye. Binoculars or telescopes are not necessary as they can limit your field of view and make it harder to spot meteors quickly moving across the sky.
If youre lucky enough to have clear skies during this years peak, you may even be able to spot some fireballs – larger meteors that produce an even brighter flash than usual as they streak across the night sky. Fireballs can be seen anywhere in the world but tend to be more common near their radiant point – which for this shower is located near Perseus in northern hemisphere skies.
No matter where you live, you can still enjoy this celestial show from home by tuning into one of many live streams available online during peak activity hours (August 11th-12th). Many observatories around the world will be broadcasting live footage so you can watch from anywhere with an internet connection!