Perseids meteor shower 2017: Date, time, when and where to watch | Science | News

The Perseids began on July 17 and will last until August 24 as Earth passes trough the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

But as many as 80 meteors an hour will dash through the sky duirng the peak tonight (Saturday August 12 into Sunday August 13). 

Last year this figure peaked at 150 to 200 an hour as our planet drifted through the densest part of Swift-Tuttle’s trail.

When is the best the time to watch the Perseids meteor shower?

The best outburst will take place in on the night of Saturday August 12 and the pre-dawn hours of Sunday August 13.

It will take time for the shower to build in intensity, but you will still be able to catch some of the action in the run-up.

The meteors will start to streak around mid-to-late evening north of the equator and around midnight south of the line.

If you are lucky, you might even observe an Earth-grazer – a very bright and slow-burning meteor that drifts through the atmosphere in the early evening hours. 

Where best to watch the Perseids showers?

Astronomers located in the Northern Hemisphere will have the best view of the night-time show. 

When going out to watch the shower, remember to stay away from urban light pollution in order to find complete darkness.

Once you find a suitable spot, load up on snacks and cozy blankets and lie down on your back to take in as much of the sky as possible.

Patience is the key to spotting the meteors and your eyes will take anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

Keep in mind that the meteors will fly in all directions but they will burst from a single point in front of the Perseus constellation.

This year it could be a bit trickier to see the falling stars because the moon will be three-quarters full during the peak, but you should still be able to see the meteors despite the moon’s glare.

What are the Perseids meteors?

The Perseids are meteors caused by bits and pieces of cosmic dust and debris left in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Earth passes through this trail every…

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