The Perseid meteor shower is already underway, but it will reach its peak from Sunday, Aug. 11 through Tuesday, Aug. 13, with prime time coming Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The Swift Tuttle comet orbits the sun every 133 years.
Each year, meteor showers bright our skies with lovely beams as if diamonds fall from the sky to earth. When the meteor shower is at its peak, around 60 shooting stars per hour can be seen crossing the heavens. It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and the longer you wait outside, the more you'll see. Northern Queensland will be a prime location for star gazers, as astronauts predict you will see more meteors the further north you are from Brisbane.
Following these helpful tips and being sure to avoid light as much as possible will get you a ticket to one of the best shows of the year.
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NASA said not all the meteors you'll see belong to the Persoid meteor shower, with other background meteors and weaker showers also present. Even then, the meteors can be unpredictable, so it's worth watching for a while. Firework-like displays will litter the skies as a cloud of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle comes crashing (and burning) towards our atmosphere.
That doesn't mean you should completely stay indoors, says Thaller, as a few meteors will be bright enough to get past the Moon's glow. Such meteors abruptly end their flight across the sky in a flash of light resembling a miniature strobe.
According to AccuWeather, the best viewing conditions will be in most of the western USA and the southern Plains, where the skies will be clear.
The Perseids will be visible across the United States and elsewhere, and the best viewing will be found away from light pollution. According to the NASA website, the space agency plans to have a live broadcast from a camera in Huntsville, Alambama. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail, their radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. While active until August 24, the meteor shower will peak on Monday into the early morning hours of Tuesday.
As with all meteor showers, it's smart to carve out a chunk of time to kick back and watch the night sky.