Perseid Meteor Shower Is More Visible And Spectacular Due To Dark Moon

Posted: Aug 11 2015, 9:37pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2015, 4:05am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Perseid Meteor Shower Is More Visible and Spectacular Due to Dark Moon
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The meteor shower peaks late Wednesday night till the first light of Thursday morning.

The perseid meteor shower is set to put on a dazzling display in the sky. 

The shooting star spectacle will peak on late Wednesday and last till Thursday morning. This year’s meteor shower is expected to be phenomenal because it will be more visible than usual. Full moon just washes away all the celestial fireworks. But this year, the moon will be nearly new when meteor shower will be at its peak and it will happen for the first time since 2007.

Around 90 to 100 meteors will be visible per hour at its peak and will be seen with the naked eye. But your concentration holds the key here. “Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the dark,” says J. Kelly Beatty, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope Magazine. “With a little luck, you will see a shooting star every minute or so on average.”

What Causes Meteor Shower?

Meteors are the particles created by Comet Swift-Tuttle. They are lingering out there in space throughout the year. When earth passes through the path in late July through mid-August, the comet debris starts to trails it. These particles burn up and create mesmerizing shower when strike with the atmosphere of our planet. 

“Those streaks of light are really caused by tiny specks of comet-stuff hitting Earth’s atmosphere at very high speed and disintegrating in flashes of light, according to NASA website. 

How to Watch Meteor Shower?

The meteor shower will be observable from Wednesday night till the early morning of Thursday. But the best time will be midnight or shortly thereafter. 

Don’t use telescopes or binoculars.  Your naked eyes are perfect for clear viewing. 

Adjust your eyes to the darkness. It will take at least 20 minutes to adapt to the dark.

You have to be in relax and comfortable position to concentrate for a long time. So grab your beverage and cuddle up your blankets. 

Try to be as far away from the city lights as possible. Look straight up, in dark for a better view. The moor the dark, the more it is ideal to watch meteor shower. And lastly, don’t lose patience.


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