The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the highlights of a stargazer’s year. It is, once again, upon us as we pass through the debris of the intrepid Swift-Tuttle comet. So, let’s talk about how to get a glimpse.
At its peak, the Perseid meteor shower has been known to provide around 50 to 60 flashes per hour in the night sky. That’s some good meteor action. This year, the moon will be bright while the meteors fall, so you may not see as many as a darker sky would provide. Peak time will hit on Monday night, August 12th. You can see the meteors with the naked eye if you’ve got clear sky and can avoid light pollution.
If it’s cloudy or you’re mired in city lights, you have digital options for meteor viewing. NASA will live-stream the shower from Huntsville, Alabama on their Meteor Shower Facebook Page at 8pm EDT on Monday. The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast meteor coverage starting at 6 p.m. EDT. That VTP broadcast promises to “share the view of our wide field cameras, to show any potential meteor they will capture.” They’ll broadcast on their website and on YouTube.
Happy Meteor Monday!!