Meteor Shower August 2018: Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight


Pull up a chair and enjoy this years edition of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

According to Cook, the moon will be near a new moon, and will be crescent, setting before the Perseid show, underway after midnight.

Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. 11 and it will continue through the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13. 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.

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It's that time of year again: The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the weekend of August 12 and 13.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. If weather permits, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said it will be observed during its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13.

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years.

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The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24.

These bits of ice and dust burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights.

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Be sure to check your local weather forecast . "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones. You can still see meteors before and after the Perseid showers peak, and you dont need special equipment.

Comet Swift-Tuttle causes the Perseids.