Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower

Theresa Obrien
August 13, 2018

And if you thought the video above looked lovely, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August). With the moon in a new phase, the sky will remain exceptionally dark when between 70 and 150 meteors per hour may be seen, depending on one's viewing location. From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other. "If it's clear, we should be able to see quite a few".

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.

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As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two. From 11PM-1AM you can enjoy the surroundings of nature at the Wye Marsh and look to the sky.

One of the three strongest meteor showers, Perseids will be visible all over India and seen throughout the night. Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky.

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. NASA will be streaming a view from Huntsville, Ala. live on its MeteorWatch Facebook page.

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