Hopefully one more good night to wish upon a shooting star

13 August, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

The showers appear directly overhead, and on a clear night sky, you could expect to see about 60 meteors per hour. But don't worry if you missed it - although the peak of the meteor shower has passed, the Perseids are usually visible until 24 August. "The meteorites from the comet's trail appear to come from the constellation Perseus, which lends the shower its name", Space.com reports.

"The Perseid meteor shower is spectacular". It can take 20 minutes for someone's eyes to adjust to the darknessOGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/REUTERSThe view was impressive even outside the Helmos Observatory near Kalavrita, GreeceALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS/REUTERSNational parks such as Mavrovo in the Republic of Macedonia offered good spots away from light pollutionOGNENTEOFILOVSKI/REUTERSPierre-Percée lake in France.

"All of these meteor showers are the Earth passing through the debris left behind by a comet earlier", said Roy Gal, associate astronomer with the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hence, during the strong activity of Perseids, the moon is expected to be a slender crescent, which will ensure sky is darker than usual.


Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop. From 11PM-1AM you can enjoy the surroundings of nature at the Wye Marsh and look to the sky.

'So I've stayed awake to watch the Perseid meteor shower with my window open, just to get drenched, ' said Jill Kitching on Twitter. There is also a parade of planets visible! NASA will be streaming a view from Huntsville, Ala. live on its MeteorWatch Facebook page.

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