Clear night for stargazers watching Perseid showers


Grab a friend, pack a blanket and head outside Saturday night because the annual Perseid meteor shower is peaking.

Although the peak might not be viewable, local astronomers concur that plenty of meteors should still be visible immediately before and after the shower's peak.

Meteors - colloquially referred to as shooting stars - will be recognised by the untrained eye as thin streaks of light that dart fleetingly across the sky; blink, and you miss them. The best chance to see the meteors will be in an area with very little light from cities and large buildings.

Tadros pointed out that the astronomical phenomenon can be seen with the naked eye and does not have any adverse effect on human health, or on the planet in general.

While the Persied meteor shower will be worth checking out, it will probably bring around 150 meteors per hour, many of which will be washed out by the bright moon that will still be more than 60 percent full during the peak of the shower. The moon will be waning and will still be about 80% of the brightness of the full moon.

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This photos shows where to look for the Perseids meteor shower.

The Perseids happen when Earth hits a belt of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle on its elongated, 133-year orbit around the sun.

Good weather and clear skies will increase your chances of catching a good glimpse. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest auto is capable of travelling.

The meteor shower, which looks like a fireball show, will be clearer and more lovely if viewed from dark places. This moonlight will cause the faint meteors to go unseen, dropping the rates to around 40 to 50 meteors per hour. A light jacket or blanket could be ideal since temperatures are expected to cool to the upper 60s from 9 midnight, depending on how cozy you want to be when relaxing and enjoying the meteor shower. It typically has at least 80 meteors an hour, but some years can have as many as 200 an hour. They will originate in that part of the sky. The earth crosses this river between August 11 and 13 every year, so the meteors appear intensively during that period.

According to NASA, not only will the 2017 Perseids be few and far in between, but the moon will also outshine it to a point where not all of them can be seen.