The Perseids are Coming Fast: Don’t Miss the Most Spectacular Meteor Shower of the Year

The Perseids are Coming Fast: Don’t Miss the Most Spectacular Meteor Shower of the Year
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Taking a good look at the sky with the naked eye and for an entire night can grant you an experience that will live with you forever. Whether you’re superstitious and believe that making a wish when you see a so-called “shooting star” will make you win the lottery, or you’re just a curious stargazer and potential astronomer, you definitely shouldn’t miss the Perseids meteor shower.
Under the best conditions, meaning far from city lights and on the uncloudy sky, you can delight your eyes with up to 100 meteors per hour along with the Perseids shower.

Get ready for August 11, 12, and 13

About a month from now, the Perseids meteor shower will reach its peak. That means that you should better prepare your binoculars and cancel any other plans for August 11, 12, and 13. But there’s no use waiting only for those days, as according to NASA, we’ll get to observe the meteor shower starting around July 14 and until August 24, as it happens every year.

Credit: Pixabay.com, jplenio
Credit: Pixabay.com, jplenio

NASA wrote in a blog post:

If those hours seem daunting, not to worry! You can go out after dark, around 9 p.m. local time, and see a few Perseids,
Just know that you won’t see nearly as many as you would had you gone out during the early morning hours.

There’s no wonder why the American space agency calls the event “the best meteor shower of the year”. We can’t wait to delight our eyes with those sparkling cosmic objects!
The Perseids are easily visible around the world, and especially from the Northern Hemisphere. You’ll get to spot the meteors starting as early as 9 p.m. in the evening.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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