This weekend, the Perseids, which are the most stunning meteor shower of the year, will occur next to the new Moon so it would be worthy to get out the upcoming weekend to enjoy the celestial event.
“This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight. That’ll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it,” said Bill Cooke, a NASA meteor expert.
Every year, the Perseids happen in August and appear from the constellation Perseus.
When is the Perseids meteor shower visible?
This year, the Earth is passing through the dust cloud of the Comet Swift-Tuttle until August 24th. It entered the debris area left behind by the comet since July 17th.
But the peak of the Perseids meteor shower will start on Sunday, August 12th, at night, and will last until the morning of Monday, August 13th. During this time, our planet will pass through the densest cloud of debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Also, the beginning of the meteor shower would also be visible on Saturday night.
Where are the Perseids visible from?
The Perseids meteor shower is visible from the entire Northern Hemisphere the only condition being to have clear skies above you, of course.
However, if not seeing meteors burning in the Earth’s atmosphere at first glance, don’t worry because your eyes need about 45 minutes to adjust to the dark, according to NASA.
Once your eyes are adjusted, you’ll be able to witness about 60-70 meteors per hour.
The next astonishing meteor shower will take place in December
If for any reason you miss the Perseids meteor shower, the next shooting stars event will be the Geminids which will take place in December. The Geminids will peak between Thursday, December 13th, and Friday, December 14th.