Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On An Extravagant Show Tonight

Stargazing at Monkton Nature Reserve

Stargazing at Monkton Nature Reserve

Known for the abundance of shooting stars it often sends across the nightsky, the 2019 edition of the Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight, August 12. The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve.

The Perseids occur as a result of Earth passing through the path of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it orbits the sun.

The much-anticipated meteor shower will, again, come to a climax Monday night, leading into the wee hours of Tuesday, August 13th. Meteor showers are associated with the debris from a space body, generally a comet. The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus.

The rates of Perseids visible will increase from about 10 p.m. and will continue all the way through dawn. "Let your eyes become adjusted to the dark (it takes about 30 minutes) - you'll see more meteors that way", they say. That time in between will be the best opportunity to possibly more than 60 meteors per hour.

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It can be seen if you are looking towards the horizon in the north-east, and be it is as dark where you are as possible, so avoid city lights (if you can). Looking away from the constellation, one can see meteors with longer tails which are fantastic!

Space.com will be offering a livestream of the meteor shower on its website starting at 4:40am AEST on Tuesday from Slooh.

It would be an awesome opportunity to catch a glimpse of these during the peak time, only if there weren't any gloomy clouds looming in the sky throwing shade and covering our view to one of the most extravagant show of nature.

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