Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Postado Agosto 09, 2018

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that this year's shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak. The Perseids peak during mid-August. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

It should be a good one this year with a rate of 60 to 70 meteors per hour. As the Earth spins around the sun it passes through the trail of space dust and debris from the comet Swit-Tuttle.

Know that the meteors all come from a single point in the sky. No matter the time of night, on the nights of August 12 and 13, Perseid meteors can be seen across the heavens, but the American Meteor Society advises that you should "aim your center of view about half-way up in the sky" for the most successful viewing.

Where to look? Look to the North-NE and find the constellation Perseus and most meteorites will appear to come from the top of this constellation.

Meteors of the Perseid meteor shower in 2017. "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory. The meteor shower can be seen until August 24, according to NASA.

There's no need for special equipment or astronomical knowledge to enjoy the shower. In the Puget Sound region, the National Weather Service forecasts clear skies Thursday and Sunday, likely making those two days the best for viewing. It might take your eyes a little bit to adjust to the darkness, so be patient.