Where, when and how to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India

Where, when and how to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India

Where, when and how to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is probably best seen in North America from the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes region where skies should be clear.

The annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower is due to reach its peak late on Sunday night (Aug. 12) into the predawn hours of Monday morning. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

The August lunar cycle is now entering the darkened New Moon phase which should keep the starlit skies dark. If bad weather does spoil your view, you can also watch the Perseid meteor shower live here on Sunday (Aug. 12) starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), courtesy of the online observatory Slooh.com.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch.

It's the most popular meteor shower of the year. As long as you're willing to be patient and work with any clouds floating around, skies should start to clear out Saturday night. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower?

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour).

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

Meteors in general are small particles of dust - some as small as grains of sand - entering the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Perseid meteor travel at 132,000 mph, or over 36 miles per second.

Find a dark location, far from light pollution, such as a park or designated dark-sky area.

A number of planets will also be highly visible. "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot. But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine.

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