When the evening falls Sunday, expect to see a meteor or a "shooting star" that extends over the sky every few minutes. Meteor shower will peak overnight until Monday, with 70 meteors visible every hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. Hopefully clear sky will give you the best possible view.
And if your view is hidden by weather or clouds this weekend, the Perseids are visible several nights afterwards.
"The moonless sky of this year means that the view will be excellent and the shower's predicted peak is timed, especially for North America," said Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope Magazine observatory editor. "In a very dark sky you see maybe up to a Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday mornings. "
The Perseids have presented a scintillating display for 2000 years, according to NASA. The Swift-Tuttle comet circles the sun once every 1
The meteors can be traced to Perseus constellation from which they get name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. From our perspective the meteors seem to come from
When the "radiation" is highest in the sky, we see most meteors. However, the Earthgrazer Meters, which shimmer the Earth's atmosphere and exhibit long, burning tails, are visible earlier when the radiation is low over the horizon.
The meteors themselves travel at 132,000 miles per hour, creating their vibrant rays of light. They can reach between 3000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.
The comet himself will come extremely close to the ground in a "near miss" 2126.
NASA researchers advise that, although they can be seen sometime after 22:00 , the best time to discover a storm of meteors during the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn, from 11 o'clock to the first light.
Patience is the key. It can take up to 45 minutes for the eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. The meteors can occur anywhere in the sky, but they look brightest towards the darkest sky, which is straight up.
Some meteors only have weak, fast lines. Others are lighter and may seem to sail over our skies for several seconds and leave a glowing smoke trail.
The best way to see the meteor shower is to sit in a sun lounger or lie on the back and look up to the sky with wide view . No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.
If you live in a city area, you may want to drive to avoid light from the city, which may make the meteor shower weak. Researchers from NASA also said camping outside the country could triple the amount of visible meteors.
And do not forget to grab the camera before you go out. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for timeless videos and long-exposure photography, so your night-time images become van Gogh-like paintings of this starboard.