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12 August 2017, 12:24 | Virginia Benson
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We are being treated to one of nature's most impressive spectacles at the moment as the Pereids meteor shower lights up the night sky, but you don't have much longer to see it.
A meteor's course can go anywhere in the sky but when you see it they will all seem to originate from the same place the shooting stars tails will all point back to the same spot in the sky. The best chance to see a shower is north of M-59, although all of us could see one.
This is because the waning moon will still be at around 80 percent of its full brightness so it will hinder our view of the celestial display.
"This year, we are expecting enhanced rates of about 150 (meteors) per hour or so, but the increased number will be canceled out by the bright moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", states a NASA blog.
Saturday the 12 might be better for observation, Sky and Telescope said, since the moon will rise a little later and be a tad dimmer.
Cooke says, "A meteor every couple of minutes is good and certainly [makes it] worth going outside to look, but it is hardly the 'brightest shower in human history, '" Cooke said. First, the meteor shower's peak occurs during the day on Saturday, which obviously favors the other side of the world since it'll be during their nighttime. However, as long as the weather cooperates, you'll be able to see even more shooting stars!
The shower will be best seen from the Northern Hemisphere, so the United Kingdom is in for a show if you look to the north-eastern part of the sky. During these peaks, you can usually see 60 to 120 meteors per hour. But in the meantime, as Earth passes yearly through the dust and debris it has left behind, this creates the annual Perseid meteor shower.
The Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth.
The meteor shower gets the name Perseids because it appears to radiate outward from the constellation Perseus. A light jacket or blanket could be ideal since temperatures are expected to cool to the upper 60s from 9 p.m.to midnight, depending on how cozy you want to be when relaxing and enjoying the meteor shower.
"At best, they outburst from a normal rate between 80 and 100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", Bill Cooke, an astronomer at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Ala., said in a blog post.
If you get some clear skies, though, look up! It happens every year between the middle of June and the start of September.
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